Practicing Presence Series... Chairs. I am asked about my chairs and why I paint them. I was told a story from an 80 year old theologian who went to his study to spend time alone with God. In order to bring more reality to the experience, this gentleman gave God his chair and he went to his knees. I have painted empty chairs ever since. The rich colors and light source are essential to the vibrancy of the spiritual presence and a reminder to me to take time to be still.
Eye on the Sparrow Series “Eye on the Sparrow” is my 2018 winning piece for www.ArtPopStreetGallery.com and was the creative result of going through a difficult experience. This led to this series, which deals with confronting the unknown of each day and choosing to trust. The application and results of the unpredictable running paint in these paintings is like opening a present on Christmas day. The joyful outcome is blending abstraction with realism.
S E E N Series How do you see another human? To live fully we need real connection with other people. My portraits invite you to imagine the unseen souls of others like you and not like you. Dive into the abstracted areas of the painting, relax and swim around in the unexpected colors and textures and tread among the realistic details. Move from their eyes, over their skin tones, to their heart. Thought provoking and at times playful elements, such as sparrows and other birds, assist in your visual journey to the heart of the subject. My hope is that you emerge from the faces I paint changed and willing to take the same time to contemplate with deeper understanding the true character of people you encounter daily.
Continuing in the theme of God’s eyes on us, “S E E N” is my current series of paintings that showcase the vulnerable or overlooked souls due to mental illness, disability or skin color. Psalm 139:14 says, “I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.” These are important words of encouragement, and my hope is that my artwork will reflect God’s love for every one of us.
A Little Birdie Told Me Series This series invites the presence of a feathered friend bringing an unexpected narrative to these watercolor children.
You Are There Series “You Are There” showcases people interacting with their unremarkable environments. Spaces such as a dental office waiting room or a busy street corner are physical spaces where a person often exists within their own thoughts. Are they there, or elsewhere?