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This piece forces the viewer to look a simple creature in the eye and ask the question, Who are you? What’s your story? Is he asking it back? and who are we not to believe that maybe this long-haired cow could be a warrior amongst his kind. Maybe he’s even in love. As in most of my representational work, everything depicted that is part of creation and alive is highly textured. The life within is leaping off the canvas. Any man-made structure or item in treated more consistently with brushwork than with palette knife to draw emphasis to nature – its power, its energy. The use of palette knife over brush is intended to comment on both the resilience and spontaneity of life.
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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