John Atencio

Unique fine art from Colorado's most renowned jewelry designer



The Art of "Beauty"

Clearly, when God created Eve on the last day, He brought about, in my earthly opinion, the finest creation and most exquisite essence of desire. I have always said, "There is a God," based on the sheer beauty of woman and all the wonderful attributes she possesses: her grace, her strength, her wisdom. A woman in her essence is a gift to the world. As an example of beauty, the Mona Lisa is the most visible, famous, and valuable piece of art in the world. A simple portrait of a woman with a small, delicate smile on her face represents the pinnacle of painted art on the planet.

Are we swayed by the populous, or do we have interpretations of art and its value on our own? As an artist, painter, and designer, I have developed a keen sense of form and beauty throughout the years. The complexity of drawing the female form helped develop my hand and skill. The magic of her form, the awe of her beauty, and the simplicity of her gesture guide me through the physical art, as well as the emotional art within.

As I grew as an artist and a man, I learned that much like the Mona Lisa, the real beauty of the woman and the form resides in me, the artist. It has been said, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder". As it is with the form and the woman, it is with the art. Figuratively speaking, beauty is the art, as in beauty in "Solitude", beauty in "Meditation", beauty in the "Mirror", and beauty in "Intrigue". All figures are calm, sophisticated, and free from anxiety. All reflect beauty and poise with grace and style. The beauty in these models also lies within me, within her, behind the brush, penetrating the canvas.

Beauty resides in art, in expression, in the eyes, in the soul, and in the heart. Beauty is found in many facets of our lives. It is the appreciation and value of those who cherish and covet it. It truly is in the eye of the beholder; a treasure found for each of us individually, and sometimes collectively. What do you see?

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