“There Will Be More” emerged as an overwhelming sense of calm, peace, and joy overcame me in the midst of the pandemic. All of my work felt like it was for nothing while my shows had been canceled. Despite a season full of disappointments, hopes dashed, and the stress of daily bad news around us getting darker and heavier each day; a calm came over me and I heard clearly, “There Will Be More.”
The largest departure in these works for me is in color palette. These works are a departure in palate from previous collections. The colors of these works are inspired by two things. Foremost it was imperative these works had a calming presence to them. Because this overwhelming sense of calm and peace came over me during a period that felt particularly black, these works expressed themselves in pastel tones. These pieces are soft, light, and calm. Another element that was important for me to incorporate was a sense of play and pleasure. I firmly believe that no matter the situations we find ourselves in we must commit to practicing play. When things are stressful it is particularly important to deliberately build these play habits into our lives. This dedication to play can be seen in the use of a delightful lilac, she is dancing. It can also be witnessed in iridescent under layers that peek through layers of paint and gold, she is winking at you. There will be more of all the things we crave. There will be more of the things we felt we’ve missed out on. We can hope in them, but more importantly, we can create them.
All works in this series are mixed media and 24k gold on canvas. If you’re interested in a particular piece please email: [email protected] and I’m happy to provide more photos, details and information regarding the work.
“There Will Be More Time”, this piece was final piece I made in this series. It has more green than the other works, but for me time and green have always gone hand in hand. Green means growth, it means new life. There will be more time is a reminder that though time has been moving strangely, there will be more, and we should take our time. Rest with me in the truth, that despite the chaos that surrounds us, there will be more time.
These two pieces are inspired by the feeling that summer 2020 felt stolen from us. With plans, trips, and social activities canceled much of the play in summer was curtailed. There Will Be More Play is one of my favorite pieces in this series. The colors and iridescence of this piece dance and move. There Will Be More Heat is tangentially a nod to the West Coast wildfires in terms of palette and name. With smoky, burning skies, summer has come to a smoldering end.
These last two pieces are the smallest but pack the most punch in terms of color. There Will Be More Music is my own personal lament over live music going away. Pre-covid, I attended concerts regularly usually between three and five concerts a year. I did not anticipate how much the loss of live music would affect my work and my life. There Will Be More Joy was the first piece I finished in this series. It packed such a punch and the colors were so rich it made me feel warm and joyful. The cool undertones of blue and green were my initial sour disposition, depression, and anxiety over the last few months. Yet, warm orange and cheerful lilac invade the cold colors infusing hope and joy into seasons of blue.
If you enjoyed the works in this mini-series please share it with someone you think will enjoy them too! All works in this series are mixed media and 24k gold on canvas. If you’re interested in a particular piece please email: [email protected]