Jalaliyyih Quinn: on Inspiration

J.Q. in Liberia, 1986 photo by Jesse Kallweit

Once, I had gone to  hear Mr. Khadem speak at LouHelen Baha’i School and to see about doing a painting for their enlarge facilities. Following his talk, Mrs. Khadem spoke on how Abdu-l’ Baha did not “choose” the Guardian but rather looked at Shoghi Effendi and saw that Shoghi Effendi WAS the Guardian.  At that moment something happened! It was as if a ball of light surrounded my head, my hearing stopped, tears came down my face and I saw the painting that I was to do pass in front of my eyes – I saw mostly the gold lines and some of the colors.  I had been planning to do a series on Ridvan and the garden, but this inspiration just knocked me out and so I painted the series To The Guardian, Shoghi Effendi.  You can see the prints here or in the book, THE VISIONS OF SHOGHI EFFENDI

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