From The Easel: The Story Keepers
I don't often paint with any intentional 'meaning'. I generally focus on creating a mood, rather than a message, like instrumental music, without words or a specific subject.
This one was a little different. I had been doing a lot of thinking about family history at the time of painting 'The Story Keepers'.
I had had a dream about my maternal grand mother, who passed away many years ago. In my dream I was looking into a mirror, but it was her reflection looking back at me, and in it I could see her quiet strength, and knowingness. You know, from the afterlife and stuff. She told me in my dream that the women in our family have a powerful bloodline that traces back through hundreds of generations.
It wasn't the first time my gran has 'visited' me, and I hope it won't be the last. In many ways I feel closer to her now than I did when she was here.
The dream got me thinking about ancient wisdom, how knowledge and experiences can be passed down through DNA, and what could be discovered by learning more about my family's history.
That is what these paintings are about. Separate entities, but part of one story. Fire. Strength. Life. Wisdom. Divine Femininity.