When two rivers or streams meet and merge into one, it’s called a “confluence”. It’s a really neat thing to see. Each river is colored slightly differently, and you can see the two distinct colors right next to each other where they come together. What does this have to do with art? I wanted to write about what prompted my new artistic direction, but I realized I can’t point to one event or circumstance. A bunch of little “streams” in my life came to confluence, and this is the result!

The first stream: Art

I’ve been an artist for about 25 years or so now, and have gone though a few different styles. Lately, I’ve been doing less abstract art in favor of more classical methods. There’s a certain excitement in personally rediscovering methods that have been used for hundreds of years. It’s both elegant in it’s simplicity and challenging in its execution.

The second stream: Animals

I’ve always loved animals and have been concerned for their welfare. I’m not a vegetarian, but I do believe the animals that nourish us should be treated humanely and with the dignity they deserve. They are gifts to us, and shouldn’t be taken for granted. I don’t believe the biblical directive to have dominion over creation gives us license to abuse these creatures. Joel Salatin has been a huge influence here. If you don’t know who he is, check him out! He’s featured in the documentary Food, Inc. (another huge influence) and he’s written many books. I recommend Folks, This Ain’t Normal and The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs.

The third stream: Faith

I love painting nature! Whether it’s animals, flowers, or landscapes, each painting causes me to reflect on the Creator and how kind He’s been to me and my family. I’m constantly amazed at the variety, personality, and artistry with which God has designed this world.

The fourth stream: Family

My family and I want to enjoy more time together, and return to a simpler way of life. My husband and I don’t want to spend our entire lives working to pay bills until we die. These paintings are a small way to keep us focused on where we’re headed. Each chicken painting reminds us that we want a flock of our own someday. Each flower or fruit still life helps us envision days of working our garden together rather than spending our days apart.

I know I haven’t been very vocal about selling my work lately, but there’s a good reason for that – I’ve been busy getting ready for our official launch! As part of our efforts to achieve our goals, I’m excited to announce that my husband, daughter and I will be part of Vintage Market Days in Amite, LA next month! We will be working together for 3 days (March 8-10) selling my art and prints at this wildly popular market. I’ll be sharing more details soon, but go ahead and mark your calendar – we’d love to see you there. This feels like the first real step toward living our dream!

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