My husband loves to jump rope for exercise and its been an inspiration as a symbol for some of my recent work since becoming pregnant. I began the 'jump rope series' with this first portrait meant to depict our future son with Alex back in September. It got me thinking about our potential as children of a loving Father in Heaven who teaches us, helps us grow and even gives us parents to teach us how to reach our divine potential. Ive enjoyed exploring this imagery because it seemed to so eloquently depict not only the heights we can reach but also the obstacles we must overcome to enjoy those heights. But my favorite part of creating this peice was incorporating the sacred role of an earthly father who teaches us how to overcome obstacles and reach our divine potential.
I have a habit of always returning home with some sort of token from any amount of time spent outside, leaves, rocks, tree branches. I have been hoarding these materials for years. These portraits consist of layers of flowers, herbs, and other plant life that have been collected across countries as well as states and saved for over a decade.
For me, nature has always had a way of evidencing the divine. I chose to incorporate organic materials into this work to underscore the divine source of all creation and strive to honor the worth that resides within each individual. Each simple leaf or petal however small, fragile, or seemingly ordinary is actually completely unique from any other creation that has ever existed, even from any other substance similar to it. And so these organic treasures collected take on new life. Even before incorporating them into the work, each petal or seed pod collected spent time being examined closely, being admired, and then rather than discarded or left to decompose were kept. Being set apart and encased in this work for a new purpose insists upon the rediscovery of the ordinary. Ultimately, my hope is to incite the viewer to rediscover human worth and the divine nature of every soul.
Oil & mixed media with plant and herb material; 10x10 inch
Oil & mixed media with plant and herb material; 20 x 20 inch
Wadi Rum & Abstractions
While in Jordan we spent the night in Bedouin tents in the Wadi Rum Desert. Everyone told us about how it was the most glorious place to see the stars at night. So we woke up at 3am to sit in the sand and look at the night sky but the moon was huge, low and so bright there were no stars to be seen, just never ending desert, a few black striped Bedouin tents and this great gorgeous full moon making everything glow. Our time there inspired this Wadi Rum series where the moon is always looming.
Sands of Wadi Rum
Oil & copper on wood panel; 9.25 x 9.25inch
Tents in the Morning; Wadi Rum Series
Oil, flowers & herbs on wood panel; 9.25 x 9.25 inch