Statement: Whether we like
it or not, we are vulnerable to God in prayer. In my church we
begin our Sunday morning Eucharist service with the ancient
prayer to God, to whom "all hearts are open, all desires
and from [you] no secrets are hid." This prayer has informed
my spirituality since I was a child, and in this painting, I
hope to depict that vulnerability, that openness and closeness
to God, which is how I think
of my best self in prayer.
Jimpsie Ayres is a Memphis native in love with the people and
the land of the South. In the tradition of Southern
storytellers in every generation, her narrative paintings
express that love and respect for the beauty, spirituality and
rich texture of life in the Southeastern US. Plein air
painting is her recent passion, as well as conducting
workshops for school children.