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The Landscape of Healing 2018-2019

A number of years ago, I developed PTSD due to being assaulted.  As a result, I lost my job, my marriage was affected, and I began what was to be years of therapy.  At the time, I was a figure painter, but dealing with my PTSD symptoms in my body made it difficult for me to want to think of the human body creatively.  As I began a slide into depression, I stopped painting altogether.

When I came back to my easel, my paintings were dramatically different. I began painting blurry, abstracted forms inspired by forests, lakeshores, riversides and seashores.  At times, these images more closely resembled traditional landscapes, at other times, they became nearly void of identifiable imagery.

These images capture these moments in my journey back to health and a new sense of who I am.  I often am deeply aware of being in the presence of God while I paint, and so these pieces could be considered portraits of being in the presence of God during my journey back to wholeness.

Winter 2019

 

Horizon

Horizon

Remember

Maple Stands

Transfiguration

Above

Congregation

Maple Stand

Untitled

Divided

Borderlands

Sabbath Paintings 2016-2018

Artist’s Statement:

The past few years I have transitioned from being a full-time therapist to doing ministry at Madison Church’s Square Campus and Madison Church’s North Campus where I am the Director of Worship Design.  An important part of doing ministry is taking weekly Sabbath Days to be with God.  Often, these are difficult weekly times where I need to stop what I usually am doing, and reflect on how I tend to be driven by my own sense of self-importance by what I accomplish, or what I am striving to accomplish.  When I am having my best sabbath times, I am able to focus on being in loving relationship with God.  During these times, I try to capture a sense of God’s presence on canvas.  These latest pieces are Sabbath paintings created during and between these Sabbath periods.

TYLER AND JEMAR
Part 1 of Truth Diptych
20″x20″
acrylic and gold leaf on canvas

 

CHRISTINA, MICHELLE, EKEMINI
Part 2 of the Truth Diptych
20″x20″
acrylic and gold leaf on canvas

UNDOCUMENTED
20″x20″
acrylic, graphite and gold leaf on panel

 

SANDRA MARIA
6″x6″
acrylic and graphite on canvas

 

Soong-Cha
8″x8″
acrylic, graphite and gold leaf on canvas

 

CHARLOTTESVILLE
6″x6″
acrylic, graphite and gold leaf on canvas

 

ROBERT IV
6″x6″
acrylic, graphite and gold leaf on canvas

 

HEATHER
6″x6″
acrylic and graphite on canvas

 

SANS JUAN
8″x8″
acrylic, graphite and gold leaf on canvas

 

Jon Cire
6″x6″
acrylic, graphite and gold leaf on canvas

 

COLIN and
20″x20″
acrylic, graphite and gold leaf on panel

 

SAMANTHA
8″x8″
acrylic and graphite on canvas

 

KAI
6″x6″
acrylic and graphite on canvas

Sabbath Paintings from 2014-2016

Sabbath002

Sabbath001

Sabbath004

Sabbath014

Sabbath013

Sabbath010

Sabbath009

 

Sabbath016

Large and Small 30X40 inches acrylic on canvas

Large and Small
30X40 inches
acrylic on canvas

Red Screen 24x24 inches acrylic on panel

SOLD – Red Screen
24×24 inches
acrylic on panel

Purple Birch 24x24 inches acrylic on panel

Purple Birch
24×24 inches
acrylic on panel

Shoreline 24x24 inches acrylic on panel

Shoreline
24×24 inches
acrylic on panel

Red Field 24x24 inches acrylic on panel

Red Field
24×24 inches
acrylic on panel

I Grow 24x24 inches acrylic on panel

SOLD – I Grow
24×24 inches
acrylic on panel

A Prayer and a Stone 24x24 inches acrylic on panel

A Prayer and a Stone
24×24 inches
acrylic on panel

Through a Forest Red 24x24 inches acrylic on panel

SOLD – Through a Forest Red
24×24 inches
acrylic on panel

Yellow Forest 24x24 inches acrylic on panel

Yellow Forest
24×24 inches
acrylic on panel

River Sides 24x24 inches acrylic on panel

River Sides
24×24 inches
acrylic on panel

Broken Pieces (for Hong Kong) 24x24 inches acrylic on panel

Broken Pieces
(for Hong Kong)
24×24 inches
acrylic on panel

Cadmium Pines 24x24 inches acrylic on canvas

SOLD – Cadmium Pines
24×24 inches
acrylic on canvas