"Earth's crammed with heaven...but only he who sees takes off his shoes" - Elizabeth Barrett Browning
In Greek mythology, Gaea was the goddess of the earth, and the mother of everything beautiful. Gaea (or Gaia) is also the Greek word for earth.
With this series, I decided to create compositions completely out of circles using colors of the earth to represent our connection to nature and the beauty that surrounds us.
Look Closely Collection
“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein
This series was inspired by the idea of slowing down and looking closely at the natural beauty that surrounds us. My goal was to create a painting that is a zoomed in, close up look at natural, organic forms. Its like peering into another world, and being able to see only one small piece of it.
“You are not built down to shrink into less but to blossom into more” ~ Oprah
This piece is about finding the truth of who you really are, despite the stories we tell ourselves about who we aren’t. If we can put aside all of the “can’t”, we provide ourselves the opportunities to really bloom.
After months of feeling anxious and unable to create during the pandemic and a move to a new home and studio, I started thinking about things that bring me peace. One of those things is being near the water. Oceans, ponds, and rivers speak to me and I find them meditative and relaxing. We have a pond on the property at our new house, and as I walked by the pond everyday while walking my dog, I started thinking about the properties of water; how interesting it is that water both reflects and distorts. I was also thinking about the depth of staring into a body of water, and seeing the rocks/mud/sand at the bottom, but also seeing all of the layers of leaves, seaweed etc. that are floating in it. For a while now, I have wanted to add more depth and transparency to my work, and with this series I saw an opportunity to do so. In these pieces, epoxy resin plays the role of water, adding depth, slightly magnifying my marks and reflecting as water does. Multiple layers of epoxy and acrylic paint combine to create peaceful and dynamic paintings that evoke the meditative feeling of staring into a body of water.
Joyful colors combine with soft, blended tones in these new pieces that are a celebration of life and the beauty of nature. It’s been hard to find reasons to celebrate this past year and a half as we all handle the isolation and stress of Covid the best we can. One reason that I found to celebrate was the transition from the dark, gray days of winter to the spring and summer. There is something about the transition of the earth from dull and colorless to a riot of growth and color that is hopeful and inspiring to me. These paintings are a reminder that no matter how dark and difficult things may seem, that there are always more colorful and hopeful days ahead.