This painting was Featured in WOMEN PAINTERS…..2010 was a pivotal year for me when my beautiful, loving mother died in March. In May, I turned 65. In September, I resigned as the director of the non-profit organization I founded and chose to go into private practice. It was a year of loss and grief. As a grief counselor, I handled my sorrow by diving into art as a way to heal (primarily photography and digital art). I’ve learned many new things and still have much to learn.
This painting started with an undercoating of black to reflect the dark year that it was, and also, the human condition of our awareness that our own death is approaching at some point. At the left, I started with a palette knife and the darkest red and worked my way toward lighter tones, allowing some black to show through each step of the way. The lower third of the painting shows other colors from the painting in order to reflect that there are bits and pieces of ourselves that pattern back and forth in our lives and never quite disappear, nor would we want them to. There is light in the dark and dark in the light. And that’s how I see myself, “Moving Forward into 2011”.