Eric Greenberg / Artist
I Paint Love
Who am I? Who are we?
Simple questions but two answers: the real and the constructed. I did not know who I really was, or what I really should be.
I set up beliefs, personality, and behaviors which created two images: what I wanted others to believe and what they perceived. The problem is that they were both incorrect. I used coping mechanisms and tried to explain my way out of seeing and owning the truth.
Everything was an excuse. That is a hard reality to wake up to.
Creation is love manifested. So is beauty. We are inside the Creator and our soul is a divine spark. We know the soul through intuition, sense and feel. We think, experience emotion, act, and be- have our lives into creation. Along with that comes ego, personality, and all the little influences, habits and dispositions that cause us to act human, or not.
Deep within our soul is pure light and love. Sometimes it is obscured and hidden. We act out our lives and become who we are, going on a path which may, or may not be, in alignment with our best Self.
I was the opposite of what I really should be.
I had to wake up to my ego reality and own that I did not love myself, and hence, I could not love others. I squandered, acted entitled, and behaved poorly. I created a reality distortion field that made me into a flawed man with little flashes of light.
“The best in us is in us” says Plotinus. And the meaning of life is to strive to be that best. We know what is right, we know love, but can we be that? I took the hard step to truth, owned it, and began a healing process that realized me as a painter.
My childhood was abusive, poor, and angry. My personality was framed by fear and lack and not feeling loved. I was bullied and religiously taunted. Eric Greenberg became the real-life reflection of my childhood wound.
Despite my pain and flaws, I had a light within me. It bestowed me with great talent, strong drive, and an ability to create incredible abundance and opportunity. I had it all, as they say.
Except me. I was not love.
There were good parts of me, but my other side overcame those, again and again. My surface life started to implode at 39 years. I was a dot com wonderkid that got fabulously rich, incredibly fat, and poorly behaved. I was not my best self and lived in denial. I coped out and created a distorted reality. On the ‘surface’, I played a character that hid my pain and shame. I had to wake up and take the hard look into the mirror to see my truth and pierce the veil of ego, illusion, and denial.
Our lives are our story. I needed to change the script. We experience and create what resides in- side the universe of self. It took all of my courage and strength to see the truth of what I was and embark on the journey of healing.
But we are not alone. Rather we are inside of the Creator and the true self is the All self. I care about people and the world. You matter.
This is too often forgotten.
On the surface a ‘beautiful life’ life can seem different to that which we experience. We live every waking moment in our own, sometimes tortured, universe fighting the battle of ego and self. Often without knowing and being love.
In May of 2018 I picked up my first paint brush. I had never taken a painting lesson or studied art. I was a collector, a designer, a creator. An entrepreneur and tech guy, but my work was never my true Essence. Only bits and parts.
The light which heals me was crying out to be expressed. My paintings are living expressions; they are my medicine. I humbly share these to give back the gift of learning to love myself and others. My prayer is to awaken human consciousness.
I paint love. Beauty is love manifested. It is the Essence of what is within and what heals the world. I believe that we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keeper. I care about the world and where it’s going, and how we as citizens, and participants in the story, can help shape the energy and collective consciousness — thereby making the world a better place. Creating a new generation of humanism: how we become better human beings, create true community, and spread
My paintings make you think. They are iconic ideas and stories. They are optimistic, light, colorful, and happy. They evoke feeling and make people feel good — lifting people and providing inspiration to become their best selves.
The process of growth and healing is continuous, like change. I invite you to share my journey with me, and please accept my love and blessings.