People empty me, I have to go away to refill. -Charles Bukowski
We all know people like this: they stand off in a corner at parties, they prefer behind-the-scenes work, they seem distracted and inattentive, they are hard to understand. I am one of these people- and I have finally found that I am not alone.
This month’s artist examines the life and mind of the Empath, a hyper-sensitive, hyper-aware personality of only 15 percent of the world’s population. Charles Wallis is a graduate of the Baylor University Fine Arts Program. After college he opened a graphic design studio beginning his career as a professional artist that has spanned nearly four decades.
Charles and I sat down the other day and talked, over a glass of wine, about his work and the Empathetic life. We instantly found a deep kinship because of our experiences and our realization of ourselves as empaths. It is a strange and wonderful thing to feel known by someone you just met- and the feeling is not just mine. Over the past week that this show has been up, people have filtered into the cafe for coffee and lunch and been awestruck by the pieces that line our walls. More than any other show, people linger in our space a little longer to study the art and learn about this Empath life.
Empaths process all sensory input so deeply it is tiring. They need more time in their inner world. Hanging out with people drains them. This is true even with people they like such as friends, family and lovers. On the rare occasion when they find themselves around someone for a longer period of time and not feel exhausted it means they have connected on a deep spiritual and emotional level. This is special for it is a one in a million event. There is a place in the empath where they are so far removed from this world that what you are actually seeing is a husk of their real self. Their real self is mostly discovered in their artistic, literary and scientific production.
His art is the expression of his spirit and the spirit of others that connect with it. He seeks to create a memory, a wish, a fantasy or moment of joy or peace in the soul of the viewer. He pursues ideas, color combinations or images that attract his attention in the abstract; or as an impression; and some paintings are just for the fun of presenting something in an unusual manner.
The Empath Life is on display at The Village until December 12. You don’t want to miss this wonderful show, and as always, all art is for sale!