Thank you for visiting my website! This page has a lot of info.... About my personal art history, random facts, symbolism, studio pics, and more. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, I can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artist Statement: My goal as an artist is to invite viewers into each work for spiritual reflection and discernment. In my earlier works, I used desert imagery and symbolism to express different emotions and life challenges that I was going through. Those earlier works were very cathartic for me as I was dealing with the sickness and deaths of my parents. (mom 2001, dad 2005) I'm so thankful for the time I had my parents on earth. I have grown to see over the years that extreme heartache after losing somebody is the evidence of great love that existed/exists, which is a true blessing. As a Christian, I also see a much greater love that has existed before I ever inhaled a breath; the love of Jesus for me. A saviour when I didn't know I needed saving. A healer when I didn't know I was sick. A friend when I didn't know I was lonely. He is so much more than I could ever imagine, and yet I still yearn to define Him, so that I may know Him more and share all that I discover with others.
Here are a few of my favorite things:
The Bible https://www.biblegateway.com
My Church http://www.chaseoaks.org
Resources for Christian artists:
A few random facts...
I'm a native Texan - born in Dallas and still live in the DFW area.
I use Golden Paints....they are so buttery and loaded with pigment
I listen to praise and worship music while creating.
I have candles going while I work...they help set the atmosphere and smell wonderful.
My fav colors right now are Pink and Teal
My fav drinks are sweet iced tea and Dr. Pepper.
My fav foods are pizza and burgers
Port Aransas, TX is my fav vacation spot followed by Santa Fe
And last, but not least.... Brutus Kleetus McSpadden is the studio assistant...he is a large tomcat who thinks it is his job to personally inspect everything...everyday. You can see pics of him by clicking here.
My Art Journey…
As a little kid I would often sit and watch my mom draw and paint and was so in awe at the things she could create. One afternoon when I was eleven I grabbed one of her paintings right after she finished it, ran off to my room and put it on my dresser. I sat on my bed just staring and studying it intensely……I wondered: How did she do that? Can I do that? That was the day I decided that I wanted to be an artist just like my mom.
When I got into middle school, I started learning the basics about composition and design. As I grew and developed as a young artist I was introduced to various art materials and techniques, but wasn’t able to decide on what medium I preferred until I experimented with oil painting when I was in high school. From that time, until I was 23, I did a lot of experimentation and researched different oil paints and additives until I eventually switched to acrylic paints in 1996.
My Faith Journey....
Started as a young girl when I attended church with my Grandmother when I spent the weekend at her house about once every 2 - 3 months. Those seeds that were planted eventually started to grow and I was baptized at the age of 24 in 1997 and my life changed forever in the most wonderful way. I have been so blessed to participate in many ministries and church groups over the past 21 years that have helped me to learn and continue growing in my relationship with Christ Jesus.
Symbolism In My Older Work (The Desert Paintings)
~ Pathways are used primarily to convey the journey/path we take in life…we may see where it’s going for a while, it may disappear as it dips in between hills/valleys and take sharp turns around large obstacles, it can be wide or narrow, it can also indicate the road less traveled, or a difficult way.
~ A cliff can signify being on the edge, a decision making process, or a time to ponder and take action.
~ The Dark background represents night, seriousness, spiritual darkness and/or separation from God. The dark skies contrasted with a light landscape or imagery also help to convey the well known Christian theme of Christ being the light in our darkness.
~ Light backgrounds help to translate hope and peace in the midst of struggles, as well as the beginning of a new day.
~ The crosses in my work refer to Christ, the Christian walk of faith and/or the burdens that we must carry in life.
~ The figures are used to help the viewer put themselves in that particular setting/circumstance for contemplative purposes. Figures are kept as gender and race free as possible so that no viewer is excluded, but rather all are invited to examine the significance of the particular theme being portrayed.
~ Bald heads - a reminder that we are always 'naked' in front of God, He sees us as we really are.
~ Skeletons - death, spiritual death, unrepentant, lost, hungry, unfruitful
~ Hearts (Missing) - heartless, spiritual death, unlovable, brokenhearted
~ Hearts (On the outside of the body) - having a heart for God, ready/able to give or love
~ Kneeling figures - contemplative, position of prayer, showing reverence or being repentant
~ Figures in fetal positions - mourning, being repentant or resting in peace
~ Figures standing - dignified, ready to overcome, or being still & stagnant in faith or in life
~ Figures sitting - resting, being refreshed, contemplating the next step
~ Figures carrying/dragging sacks or bags - holding on to luggage such as: anger, heartbreak, loss, guilt, fear, or burdens from the past or present that can weigh us down and keep us from the potential that Father God has for us.
This is my painting signature mark/logo, which are my initials: M D M ~ I created this signature mark several years ago so that I wouldn't take up half of the lower portion of a painting trying to sign my long name. The only time I don't use this signature is on the mini paintings and some abstract paintings.
*Logo designed by Glenda Williams
Photo Diary....Here are some random pictures of me through the years:
1987 school picture
|My 7th birthday in 1980|
|Me and my brother Michael in 1980|
|Me and big sister Tracey in 1976|
|Sept 29 1975|
|Me and mom...early 1974|
A good frame can truly “set off” a piece of artwork. Sometimes, the best way to choose a frame for your artwork is to decide what kind of emphasis you want the piece to have in the display setting or by what your budget allows. The more ornate a frame is, the more it will cost. Another thing to keep in mind is that ornate frames can sometimes take away from the artwork or make it look “too busy.” A good frame will enhance the artwork. Personally, I go with plain black frames that are 3-4 inches wide. The color is neutral and it doesn’t distract from the artwork. Local framing shops such as Hobby Lobby or Michaels have well trained staff that can assist you in finding the perfect frame for your art, so don’t hesitate to get their input if you’re having trouble trying to pick the perfect frame.
Here are some pics of the art studio as it is right now:
These pics are before I moved in Feb 2017
Here are how things used to be...
|Cross - Meditation wall...these are crosses that were given to me or purchased on vacations.|