C O L L E C T I O N
on view in the Corridor Gallery at Riverview Church in Holt, Michigan, from July 26th through October 6th, 2019
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.” Ephesians 5:8
Through this body of work, I explore and acknowledge the chaos and sufferings life in this world brings, while choosing to express the beauty, growth, stillness, and light that can always be found. Reflecting on the vivid colors and quiet moments of solitude in my outdoor surroundings as I painted - the endless yellow flower fields, saturated green hues of the landscape, and the changing sounds between days of rainfall and sunlight - I was constantly reminded of God’s kindness and never-ending ability to heal and give purpose to my brokenness.
Thus, as I brought these reminders into the process of creating, I began weaving together abundant boldness, rawness, and shifting of color with distinct moments of pause that stand as declarations of rest and grace in the midst of it all. With the building of layers through broad strokes, sharp fragmentations, and soft transitions; the paintings move, breathe, and rest all at once. The abstract compositions acknowledge our hardships in this world but proclaim the source of our hope outside of this world through the contrast of darkness with light and movement with pause. Just as child-like faith enables us to embrace great wonder and freedom in fully holding onto God’s promises, the process of creating these abstract paintings was His gift of wonder and freedom to me - and in the abstraction, I found purpose.
It is my hope that when viewing this collection someone may experience their own moment of pause, reminding them that they, too, are free to rest in truth and light, even when it does not make sense according to their circumstances. With paintings endlessly inspired by seeking beauty and purpose in everyday life, choosing joy amidst sufferings, and holding onto grace through it all; my work aims to magnify the notion that the battle against darkness is already overcome – we are free to live as children of light.