Gold Over Twilight
24 x 36", mixed media. A riot of color and texture with lotsa gold foil. At night the tiny squares of applied gold wink with an ancient warmth as the rest of the painting goes quiet.
The Joy of the Lord is My Strength
This 30 x 40" mixed media mosaic was commissioned by a friend. I asked her for color preferences and a Bible verse or two for inspiration. Warm, joyful tones and gold foil shine up through sky blues, grounded by rhythmic bands of black and white inspired by piano keys and sheet music. I pray it gives her family many years of visual joy and a reminder that God not only brings us through hard times, he gives us the strength to find joy and sing praise in any circumstance.
Storytelling is an art and a science- an art to evoke emotion, a science to create clarity, and a mysterious mix of each to provoke humor. In crafting my own stories, timelines are a critical first step. Events and milestones plotted. Then layer upon layer of impact, discoveries, epiphanies, and the making of meaning. Speaking to groups, the visual timeline helps both the audience and myself as I attach the flesh of narrative. In the studio, flesh begs tattoos? clothes? in paintings, collages, and poems. The work s above are abstractions of the process, "Interpreting Time # 1" (top), and "Interpreting Time # 2". As the series continues, I'll diversify titles. Just give me time.
Always Being Made New
Just under 4 inches square, this little painted prayer makes my heart sing. Over cobalt blue I collaged gold leaf and strips of dried palette paint. I was inspired to make this for someone going through a difficult time. He told me the story of his daughter's bold battle with ovarian cancer and her now even bolder life. My own father passed before my ovarian cancer hit so to hear what it was like for him - his pain as well as his fatherly pride for her faith and bravery - was a powerful encouragement. Even though I placed each piece myself, deliberation and delight in equal measure, it feels more like it was given to me than that I crafted it. I pray it is a blessing.