Piece description from the artist
Torn Away is inspired from a wild range of feelings lately. A lot of them have to do with spiritual things as well as worry over the current pandemic, especially in the United States, where I live. We have no real leadership in out country and even less in our individual states. It is a truly frightening time! There is civil unrest in the country that is going to take a long time to heal, if it ever does. So many are paying a terrible price. So many people need to wake up to it if we are to ever become a whole nation. I am not sure we ever were. Do we start over? If so, how would we begin? Understanding one another and embracing our differences is a good start. This country has so much blood on the soil from so many who are innocent. The native people, slavery, the unborn … I could go on and on. This has me feeling torn between a love for my country and a love for people as well as a boiling anger for others who seem to not be awake and wanting to stay asleep. There is a spiritual tearing away of old beliefs and now an awakening to a bigger truth. This truth is tearing churches apart as well as knitting new ones together. I have seen incredible things happen … both good and bad. Things I once held dear to my heart are things I never should have. There are people I once held dear to my heart that I never should have. I am now learning to love these people as well as separating from them. Forgiving them. Remembering. Not forgetting. Letting the hurt go completely. It’s a difficult thing to do and a very spiritually empowering thing to do. Loving people despite what they do. They don’t understand. But they think they do. I used to think I understood. But I didn’t. I do not fully understand now but I’m now growing and learning and I’m listening. This is the only way forward…
I have been an artist all my life, ever since I could hold a pencil. I have always loved to draw and paint. My styles have varied over the years from realism to abstract and everything in between. The mediums I most enjoy working with are: oil, colored pencil, charcoal, graphite, watercolor, pen & ink, alcohol ink, and acrylic. Currently I am experiencing a mammoth amount of creative freedom working on abstract art.
In 2015, I donated one of my kidneys to a young woman who had only been born with one very diseased kidney. Since then she has been thriving and now going to college and living her life. What a blessing! I consider this a privilege and I'm so happy I was a match for her.
I have lived all over the country (U.S.). I primarily grew up in Woodland Park, CO. Following living in Woodland, I lived in Durango, CO, Farmington, NM, Houston, TX, Philadelphia, PA, Atlanta, GA and currently live in Montrose, CO (hopefully for good). I thankfully found my way back to Colorado. We live near Colona, in the shadow of Buckhorn Mountain (west/central Colorado) and absolutely love this place! It is remote, uncluttered, quiet, peaceful and beautiful. The inspiration I feel in my heart here is something I’ll be forever grateful for. It makes my soul sing!
I love to ski and am glad I live near some great places. Telluride, Crested Butte, Aspen, etc …when money allows. On February 12, 2017 I was in a ski accident in Telluride. Someone hit me from behind and knocked me unconscious for a few minutes (yes, I was wearing a helmet) and broke my collar bone. The guy hit me and left me for dead. He still has yet to be found. It's considered a felony to hit and run, just like in a car. Consequently, I suffered a concussion that has changed my life forever. My creativity has changed. Something happened to my eyes and I have a hard time doing the tiny details I used to do. But something also clicked in terms of how I approach my art. The freedom of abstraction has helped me heal and cope. Not only from the accident but with so many areas of my life. I have learned what true forgiveness means (to give as well as receive). I have a new appreciation for how fragile our lives really are and just how quickly life can be taken from us. A lot of things can change in the blink of an eye! That moment created a complete paradigm shift in my life. Mostly for the better.
I’m involved in an art mentoring program called Art Partners. I mentor a young boy (age 10). He created a piece that won first place in the student category of the Ouray Alpine Artist’s Holiday art show (nationwide) as well as 1st place in The Montrose Visual Arts Guild 2018 art show. I love the fact that I get to help shape this young man's creative future. He's my lil buddy.
There is an old cabin (100+ yrs old) on the property where I live that I have turned into my art studio. It’s my retreat and sanctuary. While I'm in this cabin, creativity just bursts forth in a riot of paint and color! This, I believe, is my heavenly father working through me. I'm still not sure what the grand purpose is but I keep my mind and heart open. I'm expecting adventure because, really, there's no way to know what's next. Like I always say, "the point is not to live forever but to create something that does."