My model for this painting was Billy Lankford, brother to Suzanne in “Suzanne and Her Bottle Collection.” My idea was to show in his expression the satisfaction that comes to one on finding the right answer after wrestling with a problem for a while. With his arm resting on the book, “Accounting Principles”, his pencil ready in hand, the answer is found.
While working on this painting, I was reminded of the parable of the talents and the accountability accompanying the same. The wrongheaded individual that buried his talent did not know God and denied God’s Loving Spirit through fear of failure, not even trying the faithful love walk through failure with God’s Grace to success.
Dad used to say, after a failure in selling a life insurance policy, “I’m just that much closer to a success.” He never learned to dance; but when coming into the house victorious, he would do the neatest original dance as if a bug had gotten in his garments and with a happy face say, “I made a success of myself and I’ve already thanked the Lord!”
The grateful, interrelating minds that apply their given abilities, find answers that are profitable to all because God has put them there for advancing His Universe. The individual of principle, living accountability, helps make the world better.