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And the Truth Shall Set You Free Jn 8:32, 2000
one in a series of three
oil on wood, 4 x 4
Painting doesnt always lead to happiness. I looked at the page again to reread the phrase a few more times. Was I seeing correctly? Painting doesnt always lead to happiness. Yes, I was reading correctly. I stood still for a moment in partial amazement. I had been reading a helpful critique sheet regarding my work, when suddenly this phrase slammed into my eyes. The words screeched my mind to a halt, as I just stood there with a rather amazed stare.
Reflecting upon that moment, I can see now why this short sentence had such an effect on me, for to me it was the antithesis of the very reason I do paint. Its impact lingered and provoked me to define in words what I already knew in my heart every time I picked up my paintbrush.
I had entered the Art Program at Plattsburgh State with a rather suppressed enthusiasm to produce artwork. I knew I was good at it, but robbed myself of the passion and joy of painting by refusing to let myself be seen through this skill I had yet to fully develop. After four years of skilled guidance and support from the encouraging Art faculty here at PSU, I was able to find my own personal style. They thoroughly prepared me for a Study Abroad in Florence, Italy where my art experienced a turning point. As I witnessed a new people, culture, and language, God opened my heart and revealed to me who I am in Him and His creation. I returned to Plattsburgh State bursting with new color and purpose for painting.
Now I no longer deny my personal style. I, Elizabeth, have emerged in my art. Color bursts forth from my palette, for in color God created this gorgeous earth. My figures are filled with Joy and longing to love, for God has given me such desire in my heart. My subjects express visions of Hope that come from knowing Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. Why not paint happiness in this world of despair in which we live? For happiness is not a fairy tale ending to the depressions of today. But a tangible, attainable entity possible through my loving Lord. God has given me this talent to share with others the Joy He has given me in life. As long as I am able to share Gods love through my work Painting is Happiness.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. 1 Peter 1:3
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