Inspired by the character Buddha (Siddhattha Gotama) a man who became enlightened. He never claimed to be god and never expected worship. Just a simple man, even though he was born into a wealthy family he was dedicated, determined, passionate, focused about what he really wanted to achieve which was attaining enlightenment and the answer to how one could end all suffering.
The story goes that he used to starve himself fasting, attempting to achieve this enlightened state and he did this for years without making what he felt was progress on his spiritual development, but on his travels he found a tree that called his name and he took rest under it and became so intent on finding truth that he stayed under it until he can to a realization that he was satisfied with and with a lot of time he finally had the epiphany that changed his life and the lives of countless others. HE became Enlightened...and thus began to eat and eat plenty( and I do not mean this literally) I mean live his life...and live it to the fullest, which is why he's depicted as a fat man haha I know there are many different versions of the buddha character and many different reasons as to why he was depicted in such a way considering that he lived a life of modesty but I think they(the chinese) depict him in this way because they want to show that he lived a full life, someone who attained enlightenment and not someone who looked like he was starving to death, miserable...
I'm not religious in any major way and I do not idolize anyone except my god but I can respect a good story and I can respect spiritual teachings/principles of many different faiths and I find inspiration in them but it's purely subjective. I find my own meaning in what I choose to use with me on this journey and throw out what insults my spirit.
"All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become."-BUDDHA
Mediums used: pastels/color pencils on 11x14 mix media paper