2019 Oil and mixed media on canvas
Light and dark coexhist together. My creation process embraces my limitations (fear, anxiety, and addictive behaviors) by creating art with limitations. My mental health limits me, similar to how using only my non-dominant hand and no paint brushes limits me. I’m learning to love those limits. It’s very hard for me to be present, I’m usually anxious about the future or worrying about the past. My journey in coming unto Christ includes learning to let go of control. One way I let go of control is through making this messy art using my left hand and no paint brushes.
About the messy Jesus paintings.
Where is Jesus in this mess? Touch and see for yourself. I am right handed and have always thought of my left hand as a mostly useless appendage as far as art making is concerned. These paintings are all created using my left hand, no paint brushes, and no planning. When I’m feeling overwhelmed I create a big mess of paint using my fingers. Then I remove paint using my hands and tools to reveal the face of Christ I see in the mess. I have found Him in my mess over 200 times so far. I believe God is present in every mess. Can you find Jesus in your mess?