The Widow's Prayer
This past year, in February, I lost my husband to
suicide. Needless to say, I have spent many moments in prayer
and reflection in trying to make sense of my life again. This
painting shows the emptiness of the room without my husband,
but it also shows the many ways to pray. I have my music, my
sketchbook, my journal, as well as my moments for centering
prayer. I tried to capture the reflection of light in the
room, for through all the grief, you do learn that there is
light that shines in the darkness.
I came into the world of art through dance. I have taken what
I learned from the study of dance and choreography and have
applied it to my paintings. I am especially aware of the
movement of the lines in the painting, in the placement of
color, and in the reflection of light. I have recently
completed a two-year study in spiritual direction and hope to
use my art in conjunction with this training. I have recently
led several workshops and quiet days on art and spirituality.
I also enjoy painting landscapes, especially scenes from
France, where I once studied, and scenes from New Orleans,
which is near my home. I want to portray the sacred in the
ordinary world of day to day.