THE LANDSCAPE OF HEALING
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.