• July 8, 2014

Ecuador: Ingenious Creators of Beauty

© Amelia - Daniel Reinoso

by Brittany Koepke, vol­un­teer in Ecuador

How can we explain how our heart is moved by art? How can a non-living painting say so much to the living? How is it that art­work evokes so much emo­tion in us?

These ques­tions arose after my after­noon spent with Daniel Reinoso. Daniel is a friend of Heart’s Home and an Ecuadorian artist living in Quito. Daniel paints land­scapes of Ecuador and cap­tures the essence of the Indigenous lifestyle with his strokes. Daniel intro­duced us to his studio and shared his tes­ti­mony.

Before Daniel’s car wreck that nearly took his life and left him hos­pi­tal­ized for 3 months, he lived a sort of party life. But the car wreck was his wake up call to seek the things that matter in life. Nowadays, Daniel leads a youth group in Quito and has an under­standing that his occu­pa­tion as a painter is not just a job. It is a gift he can pas­sion­ately offer to others.

After his con­ver­sion, Daniel real­ized that all he can do is attempt to mimic the art of the Great Artist. No art­work is orig­inal in the sense that it is all just an inter­pre­ta­tion of the beau­tiful and inspiring work of Another. After this real­iza­tion, his paint­ings improved as he was freed by the under­standing that his talent is a gift. And he paints no longer only for him­self but in thanks­giving to God-the Creator of all.

Daniel Reinoso seems to agree with the same humble view that Saint Augustine had on his tal­ents. Saint Augustine said, "All these are gifts of my God; I did not give them to myself." And how true that state­ment is for us all!

"None can sense more deeply than you artists, inge­nious cre­ators of beauty that you are, some­thing of the pathos with which God at the dawn of cre­ation looked upon the work of his hands. A glimmer of that feeling has shone so often in your eyes when—­like the artists of every age—­cap­ti­vated by the hidden power of sounds and words, colors and shapes, you have admired the work of your inspi­ra­tion, sensing in it some echo of the mys­tery of cre­ation with which God, the sole cre­ator of all things, has wished in some way to asso­ciate you." - Letter to Artists by Pope John Paul II"

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