Water is a very comfortable place for me to be . . . I feel at home in it even though I was born in the desert. I was taught very early that water is life, life-giving, necessary, and precious. It is a place of play and of danger. To survive one must be able to be at home in it. From the Listening to Water series, it is about adapting to change in a new environment. Releasing the old . . . Finding a better way to move through the water, to move through life. We are being called to find a way to survive our changing world. As wisdom teachers of yoga tell us, we must breathe into it. In this painting I immediately had the thought that this is an underwater garden where a lovely octopus is living . . and it made me happy.
Painting:Acrylic on Canvas
Size:6 W x 6 H x 1.5 D in
Ready to Hang:No
• American Painter/Designer • Inquire about Commissions • Membership: Visual Artist Association • Visionary Art Collective ARTIST STATEMENT: Transformation. Movement. Flow . . . and the energy within. The energy that exists in the visible, as a wave crashing into the shore, and the invisible as thought: its effect on us and how we affect it down to the quantum level. This is what I and my art are about. The pieces I create speak to hope, change, enlightenment, transforming and becoming better, weathering the storms and learning to swim within the chaos. They offer a way to embrace shadow and find the wisdom and the light within it. As a multidisciplinary artist my creative focus is ever-expanding. The ideas and feelings I am driven to express now are more suited to the atmospheric possibilities of paint than the immediate tactility of metal. Expressing the ephemeral in a more visual way reflects the emotions that flow through my hands to the canvas. I can get the brushes and paint to mirror unseen thought as opposed to the metal showing literal movement. I respond to the nebulous, the intuitive as it flows through me. Painting allows me to escape the physical. INSPIRATION & SERIES:: I am visually inspired by the rich colors of oceans, forests, and flowers . . . by the perfect curve in the shape of a wave, the winding tendrils of vines and how they connect to everything around them. I am intrigued by Space visually and metaphorically. Images from the Hubble telescope utilizing UV and IR filters show us billions of galaxies and richly colored nebulae. Though separated by incomprehensible distances, they are the light within the darkness. These create the balance in my life. I am exploring six series: Conversations with the Stillness, Embracing Shadow, Listening to Water, Missing Hawaii, Emergent, and Illumination. Each has a philosophical approach building on the concepts of the previous one. They are my path of transformation to a place of contentment and understanding, of soul’s peace. A path that I offer to others to take as well.
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