"CARRYING THE LIGHT" 2020 CANVAS SERIES

"Carrying the Light" is a series of canvases I painted this past Winter season. It was a transformative time for me, and it began with the passing of my grandma, the last elder in my family. As I carried her ashes home to Nelson I felt them turn to embers in my heart as her light washed over me. I painted the surfboard piece "Embers" on the floor in Comox only days after she had passed. The veil was extremely thin for those next few weeks, and as I painted each brush stroke I felt her life energy flowing through me. Looking back it was one of the most profound spiritual experiences of my life, and I'm so grateful I could be a part of her transition, and allow her spirit to shine through my work.

I began painting the first of the "Carrying the Light" series right as quarantine hit, and I dove in with no plan, only emotions. Like the other four paintings, it pieces together the pandemics contrasting forces of light/dark, isolation/freedom, clarity/haziness,  warmth/cold and love/fear. As we all navigate our own journeys through 2020 this symbol of a bright fire has been my best guide. It's a reminder to keep shining the light and holding the flames through these uncertain times.

Love and Light ♡

 

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