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A Light Shines in the Darkness
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A Light Shines in the Darkness (and the Darkness has Not Overcome it) Light and Dark are often reoccurring themes in my work and in life. It often seems like a power struggle; a commentary on good and bad; an extinguishing. I don’t think this necessarily has to be the case all of the time. I think it’s important to acknowledge that light and dark have equal beauty and together they make some of the most wonderful works of art.When opposites come together the contrast created causes a vibrancy and an energy that without each other would be flat. Take complementary colors. Opposites on the color wheel. They reside directly across from each other- as far apart as possible on a wheel. When put next to each other, they cause the other to appear vibrating, glowing with an intensity that when placed next to any other color wouldn’t quite equate the same magnitude. As if they cannot contain all that they are. When a light shines in the darkness the darkness doesn’t overcome it, it enhances it and light in return adds greater depth to the darkness. Together they give each other so much more than they would have found on their own.So it also is I believe, with people. John 1:5 the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness does not overcome it
My work seeks to be a safe place driven by love and grace. It unpacks relationships between humanness and our natural world. I am endlessly inspired and intrigued by other art forms. My work often becomes a visual love letter, poem, a song or a prayer. The creative spirit is not limited to the single material by which it reveals itself. Poetry, painting, music and prayer are beautifully connected. My work fuses these vessels of human expression together. Saturated with faith, my work is listening to the music and poetry surrounding it. It reveals this underlying truth and gentle understanding that we are not alone.
Where I grew up has a particularly rich impact on the subject matter of my representational paintings. The lifestyle in my hometown is slower, the landscape seems to set still both time and people. In a day and age that feels like we are rushing through our days and forgetting to be present, I want to remind us of a place where “rush” doesn’t exist – there is only the fields, the farm, and the creeks. This idea of paying attention to small still moments carries into my abstract practice as well. When I’m painting, i’m listening. How are the colors interacting? what are they saying and why?
Whether sage is talking to mustard or a green leaf with an endless sky, this work is about paying attention.
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