A woman in a crimson dress leaps through the air, her legs folded towards her back, her arms raised towards the sky. She is dancing and smiling, conveying a feeling of victorious joy. On the left side of the painting, a man catapults through space. He is cambered backward and raises his left hand toward his face. His eyes are closed and his expression is one of bliss or ecstasy.
The body language of the two figures transmits joy, bliss, euphoria, and well being, states of mind a person might experience after achieving a personal goal, after taking a leap of faith.
These paintings are about taking the Leap when an Opportunity occurs. So often, we doubt ourselves when some challenging opportunity occurs. A few seconds of hesitations and then our brain, which is wired to protect us from eventual danger, will come up with all sorts of excuses all valid it seems. But the danger is most often not a physical danger, but more the risk of an Ego bruise... And this is preventing us to achieve the Goals that we have set for ourselves, like to be better at public speaking or having a freelance consulting business beside our day job, etc. This prevents us to grow and to become the best version of ourselves.
Most of the times, there is no real danger. So if we leap and seize the opportunity then the experience could be pretty amazing. It is this experience that I express in the painting series "Joy and the fear of the unknown" with a black background. Waiting too much to take the leap in makes the leap experience not so much fun and quite anxiogenic, which is expressed by the dark background.
The leap taken without waiting or hesitation, being faithful in one's own capacity to find solutions as they arises, is expressed with a feeling of wonder and bliss in Euphoria and suffering.