University of Texas in San Antonio

This special commission was specifically for the Engineering Building at UTSA. The commission is of three works in the hyper-realistic style of the surrealists with a message of overcoming and achieving.

Albert Einstein once said, “In the middle of every difficulty lies an opportunity.”
Every student or individual confronts struggles in life. Although these struggles may take on different shapes and forms, each individual has a challenge to triumph and succeed.

In the upper left painting, a boy is pushing a boulder up a woman’s face, then leading to different paths, foreshadowing that some paths will present good outcomes while other paths lead to failure. After overcoming one challenge, one must soldier on and continue to face other problems, correcting along the way as obstacles will present themselves throughout life.

In the upper right painting, a young boy is pushing a boulder up a wall. Once he is on the wall, he realizes he has not reached the top and fights to stay the course. He struggles and finds the strength to never give up, eventually reaching his goal. Realizing there will always be challenges in life he must remain positive and continue to move onward.

Below, the student is balancing books on his head portraying difficult times of study and hard work in order to achieve a goal. Success is never easy, but dedication is what matters most.

Pushing Ever Forward
36" x 24"
Oil
Pressure Point
36" x 24"
Oil
The Balance of it All
36" x 24"
Oil