"From a Distance" An alcohol ink free flow. It was to be a practice piece for blending colors using compressed air. When I stopped the eye was just ... there. As Bette Midler sings, "God is Watching"
Some of life's experiences can be quite difficult. After my second eye surgery in 2003 I had to lie face down on a massage table for several weeks. When I learned doctors were unable to save the vision in one eye and was diagnosed with macular degeneration in the other eye, I began an intense self-pity party. After 6 weeks I was told it was ok to sit up. So, what was the first thing I did? I checked my email. Go figure. Synchronistically, the very first email of that day was one I will never forget. It was from Beliefnet.com with my angel message of the day. It was a quote by James Hillman which read:
"To see the angel in the malady requires an eye for the invisible,
a sort of blinding of one eye in order to see elsewhere."
Needless to say that quote ended my pity party. At first I thought my art was a thing of the past but this experience showed me there was another way. That way was to do the same thing as I'd always done ... paint what I see and what I feel. The difference is what I see and feel is totally different that it was 'before.' I have been carrying a copy of that quote in my wallet since that day.
After that nudge from the Universe, I began painting the emotions and subliminal images of my dreams then those of clients. It has been an interesting journey to say the least. I invite you to take a look at some of them, see what you see. Your way of looking at any one will be different than anyone else's and unique to you.
These two colorful acrylic paintings were inspired by a dream where I am walking on the bottom of the ocean and come across an incredible garden full of 'water lillies.
"Arctic Forest" - Inspired by a client's dream who was going through an extremely traumatic time of loss where all emotions seemed frozen within.
"Tree of Life" - Inspired by Joyce Kilmer's poem, "Trees" - my favorite line reads, " I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree. A tree that looks at God all day and lifts its leafy arms to pray"
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