Duke Windsor’s success as a contemporary artist lies in his ability to infuse ordinary subject matter with his own ingenuity. Windsor’s wealth of occupations and personal drive have shaped the foundation of his creative spirit. Through observation of the traditional American Way, Windsor finds his most powerful subject matter. The gold in his contemporary icons elicit consideration for reverence, love, compassion, and courage in our world.
“Reverence is an attitude by which one responds to reality as a whole. It is more than the typical religious gestalt of revering a religious ideology, saintly being, or holy relic. Reverence goes way beyond that. It is a sacred emotion that flows through everything in our existence as spiritual beings. In this way of thinking and seeing, Reverence is the appropriate term to define an artist’s visual memes to produce a work of art. Philosopher Alice Von Hilderbrand considered Reverence the “mother of all virtues.”
In Reverence, one sees all things in life as beautiful. I believe that this is where my desire to paint ordinary subjects manifests itself, on a deeper level than just seeing the ugliness and the mundane. I am constantly asked about the subject matter I paint. I think about the question, and in my mind, I say, ‘Why not?” – Duke Windsor