why stories?

“Sometimes you have to let go of the picture of what you thought life would be like and learn to find joy in the story you are actually living.” Rachel Marie Martin

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Stories are what make us who we are. And everyone’s unique story matters. What does this have to do with art? Actually, I think it has a lot to do with art. For centuries artists have used pigments and brushes, canvas and boards, to convey emotions that are sometimes too deep or profound to be explained in words. Art is an avenue to express where you are, to celebrate where you’ve been, and direct you to where you should be. With every painting I desire to convey a deeper appreciation of the layers and processes of life that have made us who we are today. My unique process of allows each layer to contribute to the end result, while still peeking through to remind me of where I’ve been as I’ve painted. It’s a lot like life. We have all kinds of experiences that shape who we are right now. Some of them were painful or tragic, silly or mundane, joyful or exciting, but they all contribute to the right now version of us. My desire is to celebrate it all, allowing the sum of what remains to tell the story of life.

“What is INESCAPABLE is that we have been designed by God as a creative being. Each day that we walk this earth, whether we recognize it or not, we are in the process of creating. Our work, Like God’s, is to create. One question remains: What are we creating? What are we leaving in the wake of our lives? THe words we speak, the choices we make, the actions we take are the material from which we not only create our lives but create the world around us.” Erwin Raphael McManus

Read more about my process by clicking the link below.