This week I am releasing the 'Reflection' series out into the world. It has been some time coming because I felt the need to hold on to them a little longer and feel their strength. They have been hanging up on my studio walls guiding me along my way to the next stage in my art career. It does not due them justice to just say that these works have played a huge role in my creative path. Picking up the paint brush again last autumn to begin a new series brought these out of my creative soul. It felt like a cleanse. My hope is that when they find new homes, they can do the same for someone else.
A little about the works...
The 'Reflection' series paintings are inspired by reflections of mountains in natural bodies of water. While evoking how we feel amongst such grand settings, they conclude that nature is grounding; it is humbling. Each work visually represents the process of clarity that comes from the moments we are able to escape to nature and process life around us.
When I stood in front of the first canvas and started putting black paint on it, I thought that I was going crazy. Working with darker backgrounds challenged my brush strokes and drags of the palette knife. It also forced me to slow down and be methodic in where I was going to create the balance in the pieces. The black background with the white and neutral layers, created a strong contrast on the pieces. While nature itself is soothing, more dream-like, the contrast in the work represents our everyday life in comparison to the moments of peace we get when we take a break and head to the mountains. The contrast in the work allowed for simplification of the settings. I wanted the work to show parallels to these reflections we find in nature to how our minds work processing/reflecting.
Digging in further to nature representing our own emotions, I realized in this series (and my Ocean Blue series) how true that statement really is. It is perhaps that when we pull ourselves out of a busy city, the streets of our towns, or the comforts of our home, and we put ourselves somewhere to breathe fresh air, that that is the closest we will ever get to understanding how we work and who we are. I believe in the importance of taking moments to sit back and watch nature take its course. By doing so, similar movements can be seen in how we can successfully manage our own lives. It is relatable to say that going to the mountains or escaping to the seaside, brings me back to my core. There is a reason why these spots are so highly sought after for a nice relaxing vacation.
These simplified landscapes show that upon reflection, life can be simplified too.
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