Crossing Over

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“Crossing Over” is the first painting in my Beautiful Women Series. This series is a presentation I give for troubled women to help them recover and succeed through life's challenges. In Karen Pool's book “Transformational Thinking” she writes, “The transformation comes when you realize that if you accept responsibility for your life, choices, and feelings, you also can choose to gradually change things that at are presently unsatisfying. To begin, simply imagine something different. You can create fulfillment in your life, just as you would plant seeds to harvest at a future time. This realization brings a great sense of relief, freedom, and hope for the future. When you step into choice and accountability in your life, you increase growth and satisfaction.” This painting represents a change a “Crossing Over” from realization to creation, from understanding to action. It was also a pivotal point with my painting. This is where I started using my color palette. I stopped being grey, brown, and black, and started being purple, orange, pink, blue, and yellow.
“You may think you don’t have talents, but that is a false assumption, for we all have talents and gifts, every one of us.5 The bounds of creativity extend far beyond the limits of a canvas or a sheet of paper and do not require a brush, a pen, or the keys of a piano. Creation means bringing into existence something that did not exist before—colorful gardens, harmonious homes, family memories, flowing laughter.
What you create doesn’t have to be perfect. So what if the eggs are greasy or the toast is burned? Don’t let fear of failure discourage you. Don’t let the voice of critics paralyze you—whether that voice comes from the outside or the inside.” (Dieter F Uchkdorf)
This painting was inspired by a trip to Taos, New Mexico in June 2010. I visited the old Pueblo village there and loved watching the rain dances of the New Mexican Native Americans still living there. We spent days walking the town during the fiestas and seeing visiting the local galleries. The galleries were filled with color, rich and vibrant. This painting was pivotal in my idea of “Crossing Over,” from how I saw my works before and how I wanted them to be.