Schooling Circles

A SERIES

Artwork by Jaime Kokaisel

Have you ever walked into the lake up to your knees and watched the minnows swim in circles around your legs? Even from the dock, you can see them MOVING IN UNISON. TOGETHER. IN SCHOOLS. No single fish appears to be the leader. They react to their surroundings in a similar manner and at the same time, changing direction in an instant. No one tells them to behave this way. Their nature is to move as one. Whether from America or Africa or Australia, a fish school is a fish school is a fish school …

Our favorite family summer past time is spent camping on the lakes of Northern Minnesota. My son spends every waking hour fishing, while my daughter spends hers walking barefoot down the shallow shoreline in search for living creatures and funky rocks. No family hike feels complete without stopping to fish a while and gaze into the depths of the lake.

From Sketch to Completed Art

The “Schooling Circles” Series is symbolic to life, with the cycles and circles of TIME and PLACE.

CREATION MOVES IN CIRCLES: FROM LIFE INTO DEATH, WEAKNESS INTO STRENGTH, BUILDING INTO DESTROYING, AND WAR INTO PEACE … FROM DAY INTO NIGHT, WINTER INTO SUMMER, WATER INTO RAIN, AND BLUE INTO ORANGE … FROM MOUNTAINS INTO VALLEYS AND SIN INTO FORGIVENESS, THE CYCLE CONTINUES CENTURY AFTER CENTURY AFTER CENTURY …

Words can feel so hollow, can’t they? Artwork speaks without words to a page, and I find that to be refreshing. I hope it can be that way for you too.

by JAiME for SCHOOLS February 19th 2022

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