After working on my story images for many months, I noticed my feelings about my stories shifted. Profoundly. I had done therapy long ago, so I felt like I was over all this old stuff. Yet, writing the stories and carving them into paintings surfaced feelings that were deeply buried.
It wasn’t traumatizing and super emotional like therapy had been.I just noticed the feelings surfacing, moving through me onto the paper. Writing multiple drafts and carving several layers transformed my relationship to these stories. The charge they held at the beginning dissipated.
Who Am I Now?
I started thinking about who I was now as a result of these experiences I had thirty years ago. As difficult as it was, I learned and grew in profound ways.
The image that kept surfacing was the tree that had incorporated scars and learned to live on the edge of the cliff. This is how I see myself as a result of living through challenge.
This is just one of the pieces that will be shown at the Washington County Open Studio tour. October 19 and 20. 11AM – 5PM. I’d love to see you at 6443 NE Brighton St Hillsboro OR 97124.