Jacob’s Ladder




Jacob’s Ladder

This pier is condemned. Structurally damaged. And the scene here beneath the shadow of its condemnation is… interesting to say the least. Police patrols. Dealers. All manner of today’s American riff raff squaring off against the sunny California dream.

Let’s call this man by the stairs Jacob.

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We have no idea what bad decisions brought our Jacob to the pier here on this day.

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Our Jacob sleeps with his head on the concrete.

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Ours is a cement stairway with metal handrails.

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And ours is the top of the pier where couples in love stand and take in the cool salt air, because when your bed is the stone of concrete wherever you lay, and you have made some bad decisions and maybe even burned some bridges with your friends and even your own family so now you have nobody to help you in your loneliness and despair, well… the gulf that stands between your sad state and that of a couple in love on a pier in the sun may as well be the chasm that separates heaven and earth themselves.

And sometimes it is the Jacob’s of the world that God eventually chooses for the greatest things.

Don’t ask me why.
I have no good answers.
It’s easy to cast judgment.
But it’s a lot harder to be right.
You never know where greatness lies.

-Matt Beard




Artwork Information:


Artwork Title: "Jacob’s Ladder"
Original Size: 20" x 16"
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Year Painted: 2021
Price of Original: $558

Additional Artwork Information:


Method: Plein Air
Date Painted: 04/29/2021
Region: The California Coast > Southern California > San Diego

Artwork Logistics:


Miles Hiked: Less than 1 Mile
Hiking Terrain: Pounding Pavement
Biological Hazards: Trash and Debris, Painted in Public During a Global Pandemic, Food/Drink Delivered and Consumed While Painting
Anthropological Hazards: People Drinking, Other Painters, Sketchy Human Interactions, Surfers Are The Worst, Crowds with Lots of Questions
Weather Logistics: Painted in Full Sun with no Shade
Temperature: Uncomfortably Warm


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