Rob in the mystery

June 22, 2014



  • Rob in the mystery Tim shot20″ x 16″
  • Oil on Canvas
  • NFS

This is a portrait of a searcher. He sees his world as “perfect” and says so whenever he is asked, “How are you?” His answer, “Perfect,” usually draws a “whoa!” Or a pause! Or a wistful look of desire for that perspective. Leading a rich life, Rob has experienced each of these four aspects of being; the warrior, the king, the magician and the lover. He continues to seek a balance between them.

Ken Kesey wrote, “I’m for the mystery, not interpretive answers. …The answer is never the answer. What’s really interesting is the mystery. If you seek the mystery instead of the answer, you’ll always be seeking. I’ve never seen anybody really find the answer, but they think they have. So they stop thinking. But the job is to seek mystery, evoke mystery, plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom. The need for mystery is greater than the need for an answer.”

Rob is an explorer of the mystery.


2 Responses to “Rob in the mystery”

  1. Janet Ishkanian said

    A beautiful painting and tribute to Rob.

  2. Marty Olson said

    Wow. Wow. Wow. Nancy, this is so amazing! Visually and thematically, I can’t think of a larger task to take on, and you nailed it! Serene and insightful.

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