The hearts doesn’t always come in the form of a painting either, often times the heart is displayed as a glass vase held in the center of a painting, being the focal point of a body piece or even a door. Often times the heart will include an interactive light feature symbolizing the glow that shines from within.
Another frequent feature of Ivan Guaderrama heart paintings is the addition of the key, clearly symbolizing the one key we are all looking for to unlock the true potential of our heart, a key that can only be found in the hands of Christ.
The heart painting is a sentimental symbol to Ivan Guaderrama. The heart is the center of many of Guaderrama’s morals and beliefs. While once speaking to a customer Guaderrama expressed that by “simply by listening to how and what a person speaks about you can tell the content of his or her heart “ and how that was something he always paid particular attention too, thus causing it to show in many of his art pieces.
The many visuals of the “Heart” found in Guaderrama’s work serves as a daily reminder to take inventory of the state of our relationships with our family, our spouse, and above all our savior.
Hearts grace many a wooden canvas here in the gallery in a variety of colors and styles. Often etched into the wood itself, or in some cases even adorned with heat sensitive paint that changes colors at the touch of your hand.