A child runs toward us, from sacred
ground; or simply away from it. Is he
happy? We think so; he has a smile on
his face that we cannot quite
understand. It could be a grimace of
anguish or fear; but it seems to be a
maybe even a laugh. What has happened
there? We do not know. We cannot know.
This child's experience is his alone.
The sacred ground in this painting is
rich with color, mystery and a strange
kind of light; a white dove flies in the
distance. On the way are places that are
dark and frightening. Entering or
leaving, running toward or away, the
child must pass through them.
Lately I am drawn to images of a child
running toward –
or away from –
light, shadow, the unknown. This child
has been to a place we cannot explain,
touched by things we cannot understand,
and now he is running: bursting,
perhaps, with an emotion we do not yet
know. He is never afterward the same.
Spatters of the colored light have
stayed on him; they fall along his path.
The light forms a blurred omega, open
toward him, near his feet. I did not set
out to paint it, but as I placed color
where it seemed to need to go, the
Seeking an answer forever changes both
the answer and the seeker. This child
has been forever changed. What he saw
and felt, be it curse or blessing, will
be upon him and remain with him always;
and he will bear the marks.
Brie Dodson is a realist painter who
seeks to convey a sense of the "unseen
eternal" in her work. She lives in
Virginia with her husband and sons, and
is honored to serve as ECVA's Director