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“One” is a painting I believe that everyone can relate to. Like many of my paintings this painting is a commentary about the human condition in the world. It came to me in a vision about a year ago. This painting holds many meanings about the flow of humanity, and how one person can make a difference. I wanted to covey that is is okay to go against the grain of the everyday, and to be unique. And while I also believe it is fine to go with the flow, I want people to understand that that everyone has the power to make change.

I heard the following quote from a television show after I completed this painting, strangely enough I think it sums up exactly what I wanted to say.

"At this moment there are 6,470,818,671 people in the world. Some are running scared. Some are coming home. Some tell lies to make it through the day. Others are just now facing the truth. Some are evil men, at war with good. And some are good, struggling with evil. Six billion people in the world, six billion souls. And sometimes... all you need is one."

I do a lot of research when I do paintings of this nature, if you would like to learn more about this fascinating and multi-faceted fish you can start your research by going to: http://www.cnykoi.com Koi and Water Garden Society of Central New York|

As far as symbolism goes there are a many different religious connotations wrapped around this magnificent creature. In my search for meanings, I found this one interpretation of the symbolism of Koi, and it fit perfectly as well with the meaning for this painting.

“Besides their universal appeal as symbols of the beauty and the abundance of the natural world, they also represent the condition of all samsaric beings.

Koi fish live in the upper level of water and know only about water. They generally have little or no awareness of the world just above and unless something intrudes into their sphere, are not concerned by it. Hence, the fish is a potent symbol for embodied consciousness, such as ordinary human awareness.

While we are caught in the confusion and ignorance of our minds, we may be unaware of the potential that is inherent in our nature -- just like fish with their ignorance of the world outside the water. But like them, a few manage to experience the wider reality often unknowingly, seeing as they are not attentive to it (leaping after an insect, perhaps) and sometimes, at great risk to their lives.

Koi fish are thought to move smoothly and swiftly, able to leap barriers and obstacles so they are also understood as indomitable, determined travelers.”

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The reference photos I used funnily enough were located on a site that sells Koi Fish for ponds. If you find you are having a hard time finding good reference photos for Koi Fish please refer to this site: www.monsterkoi.net

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