When Michelangelo was asked how he created a piece of sculpture, he answered that the statue already existed within the marble. God Himself had created the Pieta, David, and Moses.
His job, as he saw it, was to get rid of the excess marble that surrounded God's creation.
So it is with us....
The perfect you isn't something you need to create, God already created it. Your job is to allow God to remove the shortcomings that prevent your real self from shining through, just as excess marble surrounded
Michaelangelo's perfect statue.
Art is a celebration of life, and the making of art is an expression of the sacred spiritual discipline. If a painting could, for a moment, capture the attention and awareness of the viewer through visual harmony, carry on a dialogue, bring the viewer further than the call of the senses, beyond a momentary concern for the past or future, to a timeless state free from thought and self consciousness. Then the work has approached the realm of art, the realm of life.