As an artist, painting is an opportunity to step out of my own way and open to the promptings of the spirit. It is a way of providing a message, a message that is not necessarily my own, but one that is shaped and enhanced by the energy of those it is for.
Last January I had the privilege of co-facilitating a month-long course entitled “Changing the World” at Gustavus Adolphus College. Over the course of this month I was fortunate enough to get to know some incredible young people as we discussed justice, service, and the human spirit. This group was so special to me. Brilliant minds. Hopeful hearts. Spirits of servitude.
As a part of my time with them, I was also asked to be an “artist-in-residence” and took time each week to paint the experience that was “Changing the World”. Every time I sat to paint, I had no idea what was taking shape, as the dynamic of the group dictated the colors, shapes, tones, and patterns that began to emerge as the month progressed. At the end of the term, the final piece was offered to the college and is currently hanging in the Interfaith Space on campus in honor of those noble souls who are taking steps to change the world.
After an entire year, I still treasure my time with this group, and the space they created.