Powerful (2014)

mixed media on canvas (acrylic, paper, charcoal, felt, soft pastels)

Artist statement

 

All matter contains energy and energy makes its presence felt through matter. One of the most amazing things I’ve learned is that a single tree has enough energy in it to power the earth with electricity 8 times around. This fact astonished me and sparked the question: If one tree has that much power, how much more power does one person have?

 

Throughout my life, I have struggled at various times with not feeling like I’m enough… not pretty enough… not holy enough… not smart enough… not rich enough… not talented enough… not lovable enough. And I’ve attempted to compensate for ‘my lack’ by trying to substitute superficial things into my being in order to fill my cup. It stemmed from something in my childhood where someone may have said or done something that changed the trajectory of the light I was naturally born to embrace.

 

The good news is that it’s never too late to change the trajectory again. It’s never too late to understand that at your core: You are worthy. You are valuable. You are powerful. You are ENOUGH!

 

These paintings were created nostalgically, reminiscing childhood drawings where life, for most of us, was more simple and innocent. They seek to speak explicitly about a person’s power, worthiness, and value, and to illustrate the energy found in our words and in the natural forms of life that surround us.

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