The human form has captivated my attention this spring. What began as an exploration of the word “healing”, became an exploration of of how life and death; light and dark, live alongside one another to create an experience that is whole. Lately, my drawings have focused on the human skeleton and considered how from a place of death, new life can emerge. How does death allow space for new growth?
This winter, I’ve opened up my brushstrokes in an exploration of a creature that’s always represented wisdom, protection and courage to me. Throughout this process, I’ve focused on allowing my brush to take on a life of its own; playing with dark and light. What has emerged on paper from this freer and less restrained process has been a growing series of owls. Their eyes reflect back something almost recognizable. Their feathers and form fade into a distant light or a shadowed background.
This winter has called for an exploration of self. As self portraits emerge on paper, I’m continually challenged with balancing the light and dark. These portraits are an honest expression of my experiences, the darkness that lives within me and the light that pulls me forward.