Throughout our lives and now more than ever so many of us forget to breathe and take in each and every moment. As an artist that is one of the many blessing associated with our work is it forces us to slow down breathe and take in the nuances and beauty in each and every day.
Personally, this trip to Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks had such a profound impact on myself as an artist and a person. Even though I breathe each and everyday this trip symbolizes taking a deep breathe in my life and exhaling to ring out the past. Before this trip, many of you know that I had lost both of my parents in the Summer of 2016 my father in August and my mother in September. Since I graduated college in 2011, my mother had been very sick for many years until she unfortunately passed in September of 2016. During that time, much of my life revolved around visiting her daily in the hospital, working, running and painting to keep my mind off of what was truly happening. In that season of my life, spending as much time with her as possible was exactly where I was and where I was supposed to be. But now that I am spiritually available and excited for what lies ahead I am open and waiting for that.
This painting symbolizes my spiritual release and letting go of the constant uncertainty, phone calls strung with trips to the hospital and unnormal normalcy. For me, this painting and stage in my life is a rebirth and an awakening into who I am, am who I want to become by setting new goals and taking the steps to get there.
Breathe, is the first step in a new journey. Even though it was my deep breathes and exhales that got be through those tribulations, I am now ready to live for me and take deep soulful breathes as I venture forward. Breathe is the first painting in my new series of larger landscapes and figures to come.