The pathway to inner strength
As I sit on my deck on this beautiful July morning, I am reminded of how much nature helps me to reconnect with my inner voice and brings such peace to my soul. The stillness of towering trees, the constancy of the flowing river, birds singing their morning songs, and the sun creating ever-changing blue, purple and golden hues as it rises in the sky.
Before my young boys wake up and the stillness of the morning is broken, I think about my own childhood. I try to reconnect with who I was. I think about the dark times in my life and how they shaped me...
I contemplate and plan for my future and wonder how it will turn out.
When I create my art, I get lost in time. The creamy texture of the paint, the way colors melt into one another and the music I choose to listen to awakens memories, helps me process feelings and polishes up the dreams I’m creating for my future.
The art of inner strength
This role that nature plays in helping me sort through my life, was the inspiration in painting this woman. Winds from the passing storm blow her fiery red hair, yet she remains focused and still. Though the storm has passed, and the sky is becoming bright again, her eyes still hold sadness. She won’t forget the difficulties that brought her inner strength. However, she will use life’s lessons to navigate future storms and have deeper empathy for others in distress. The tree, although in its dormant season is a symbol of strength, and future possibilities. A hint of the moon a symbol of femininity and wisdom.
Pain taught her to look deep within to find her voice again. To listen to the whisper that she is enough. That she is worthy of love, and kindness. That she can reach for her goals.
She is your sister, your daughter, your mother.
She is you.
She is all of us, regardless of gender.
She is the pathway of our lives. The sorrow, the laughter, the turmoil, the peace, the past and the future. She was painted to honor the lessons we've learned, to remind us of our inner strength and to help us stand strong and look to the future with hope.