Oct. 8th- Nov. 3rd, 2014, ‘Beyond Waters Deep’ is in the Academy of Realist Art's
‘The New Masters Exhibition’ at the Joseph D. Carrier Gallery, Toronto, NY.
Opening Reception Oct. 9th 6:30-9:30 PM
This Summer I enjoyed painting with artists and alumni from Buffalo State College. An event of plein air painting with models, organized by Marilynn Wilson at her cottage near Wilson Harbor. Marilynn Wilson has the desire and plans to bring the beauty of the art to Wilson NY.
I painted a study of Amber posing at the waters edge from life and later took photos back to my studio to enlarge the scene. You can see my process in the pictures.
While painting this, a song played in my head by Hillsong United’s album Oceans ‘Where feet may fail’. This was my prayer through the process of this painting.
I was moved while painting water, that is ever changing, much like people, but God is like a rock, He stays the same. I’m always thinking, trying to represent what’s going on inside the person I’m painting. Always wondering what was she thinking at this very moment, that being a struggle. I remember God alone truly knows what’s inside hearts and minds, reaching far beyond exterior. So I put my faith in Him who holds the mystery, my desire that His spirit would be in my painting.
The inspiration started in Feb. 2014. My son’s friend, Ben got suddenly sick with cancer and passed away. This was a heart wrenching time. My son was concerned for Ben and told me he knew Ben was happy playing in heaven now.
My son and I began to pray every night and read his Bible this summer. Donny prayed for Jesus to come into his heart and asked God if he could walk on water when he gets to heaven.
This painting was a time for me to pray for my son. Donny is wearing Ben’s favorite color, Blue in the painting. Remembering Ben’s story I was reminded that my son is not my own, but is God’s.
A song by Jesus Culture, ‘Fill Me up’ put me in tears. Reminding me of the story of Abraham and Isaac. God wants me to trust Him and pray that His spirit will be with my son through life's journey.