A sense of order and geometry has always played an important part in my paintings due to my architectural training. My most recent body of work is influenced by the brilliant light, colorful sunsets, earth tones and ancient architecture of the American Southwest, where I now spend part of the year. These mystical horizons, landscapes with huge mountains, brilliant skies and colorful surroundings have resulted in a new palette, spiritual threshold, philosophy and emotion.
The art I create is not meant to be literally narrative. Its meaning is left open to individual interpretation and, hopefully, self-discovery of what is hidden or only partially revealed. In art as in life, it is not so much what is said, but what is not. I consider my work visual conversations about life, faith and the meaning of spirit.
Jorge Luis Bernal