Living Waters




Living Waters, 18×24″ oil on panel

Living Waters is a reference to John 4:14

“But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

A boy reaches into the spigot of a newly installed solar powered filtration system, compliments of WMI, in a mountain village near Jacmel, Haiti.  The water is now drinkable for all who may drink.  The purifying qualities of water itself are called into focus.  Cate suggested I eliminate any reference to a naturalistic background to bring this point brightly into the fore.  The water in this painting seems to be taking on life energy.  Each droplet appears to have become an individual sentient being, in existence for a brief instant, yet a powerful force in their flash of truth, going before us, as our emissaries.  Keep in mind, the water we are drinking today, is more than a billion years old, having been recycled and responsible for bringing life to many life forms before us.

These are some of the ideas underlying the Living Waters mission statement of Watermissions International, the organization which inspired The Quench Project. They have also become major sponsors of The Quench Project, as my hosts for the mission trip in November 2015. WMI are bringing solar powered fresh water filtration systems to areas in the world where it has not been available or accessible.

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Type of Work

Original Painting by Robert Maniscalco, Giclee – archival inks, stretch on canvas, Artists Proof (AP) – archival inks and paper