My paintings explore our desire for and pursuit of wisdom. The women in my work are pilgrims on this journey, captured in a moment of discovery, insight and revelation.
To be wise is to have a deep understanding of the truth of things, to see things as they really are, to be virtuous and just in one's judgment. Wisdom can manifest itself in many ways - through courage, perseverance, hope, compassion, forgiveness and gratitude. Since ancient times it has often been personified as a feminine spirit. This spirit has taken on many forms: co-creator, wise sage, angelic messenger, saint, goddess and prophetess. In both Greek and Hebrew, the word for wisdom is feminine. The Book of Proverbs in the Old Testament speaks of “Lady Wisdom” as a priceless treasure:
“Blessed are those who have discovered wisdom,
those who have acquired understanding!
Gaining her is more rewarding than silver,
her yield is more valuable than gold”.
Sacred texts, myths, legends, fairytales and women’s literary and spiritual writings inspire me. I'm a storyteller and my paintings have often been described as "visual poetry". Stories have the power to awaken our imagination and allow us to look at things in a new light.
Our quest to rediscover and understand our intimate connection with nature and role as its' wise caretakers, is a reoccurring theme in my work. Streams, lakes and seas symbolize life, renewal and the journey ahead. Woods, forests and seashores become places of discovery, trial and transformation.
I work in acrylics and oils and often add collage elements. Drawing is a defining element for me. I begin by blocking out major shapes with a strong dark line, adding layers of color, texture and pattern. I repeat this process many times, refining the painting as I go along, in order to create a sense of richness, depth and mystery. Through the use of linear brushstrokes that create rhythm, movement and unity, I hope to highlight the present moment - one of discovery and insight - drawing the viewer further into my work.