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I finally sent off my entry to the aforementioned contest. This is what my bio/artist’s statement said:


I am a self-taught artist living in the mountains of Western North Carolina. My home is a chaotic place with goats and chickens, teenagers and children. Dogs bark and cats loiter. Roosters crow and the husband busies himself with his company, which is housed next door. Visitors come and go, phones ring, goats escape. Perched above all of this, in the shadows of the forest, is the studio my husband built for me. And though sometimes the murderous screams of teenagers or the panicked bleating of a goat in trouble might pull me down from my creative work, it is a quiet place, a retreat of sorts, the place where I engage in my pursuit of the sacred.

I paint so that I might sip from the well of wild things. In this way my spirit is revived, nourished, and my imagination is empowered. I feel this practice is a way of knowing for me, a way to communicate that moves beyond the realm of language. There is a deep aliveness, a web of consciousness, to which we can attune ourselves, and this is my work. The painting is the bloom of the endeavor, the process by which it is made manifest.

I could say simply that when I paint toad trilliums, for instance, I am telling their story, and that in that telling the toad trilliums become a part of me, and, ideally, of the viewer. But there is something far more mysterious at work. One finds that the power of story activates an energy within us that was otherwise sleeping. That story creates story. So my deepest creative desire is to tell a story that engages us with the secrets of the Earth, so that new stories might unfold.

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Earlier in the day I got started on a new piece, which basically means I cleaned up my mess of the past few weeks and prepped the substrate.  I have done a lot of work onblack paper, but really white paper offers such a better range of tone.  So I cut off a nice sized chunk of paper and spread some glop on it that has marble dust in it.  The marble dust provides excellent tooth for the pastel particles to settle into.  Nothing very exciting, but I took a few pictures anyway:

When I’ve cleaned up my studio more I’ll be able to make a little video tour, as was once promised long ago.  (I’ll  just keep writing about it until it’s done!)

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I got a lot of positive feedback on my "Forgiveness" piece, and I want to say thanks again to everyone that left comments!   wild_heart 
asked me if I would be offering it as a print, and the answer is yes.  But I need to get my printer situation sorted out first.  Working on it!

Your positive feedback on "Forgiveness" really surprised me!  I started that painting AGES ago–back in 2004!  Back then I didn’t have my studio–I rented this dismal room about five miles down the road.  When I moved into my studio here, I almost tossed it.  It was far from complete and a bit of a mess.  It sat in a big flat file for years, until Sarah, my radiant personal assistant, found it and expressed love for it.  I felt she was unfounded in her devotion, but because I needed more recent work for that competition, I decided to see what would happen with it.  I’m pretty pleased with the result…   There’s a little story, or maybe a big story, if I tell the whole thing, about why I titled it "Forgiveness", but I’ll have to save that story for when it’s available as a print, I think.

Thanks again, everyone, for your support!


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artist’s statement, etc. — 2 Comments

  1. One finds that the power of story activates an energy within us that was otherwise sleeping. That story creates story. So my deepest creative desire is to tell a story that engages us with the secrets of the Earth, so that new stories might unfold.
    wonderful words, miss treestory!
    xoxoxox
    ~much luck wished your way for wonderfulnesses~

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