Our studio is a space for both the personal and communal expression of art-making and a place that nourishes the creative spirit. We trust that creativity and imagination are divinely imbedded in our human spirit and are always within our reach. Through art we seek to find what binds us together as people, and illuminate pathways of hope to what we might become. Our art and workshops seek to empower so that what was separate becomes whole, what was severed becomes healed and what was difference becomes welcomed diversity. This spiritual dimension in turn brings us to Holy ground where we encounter each other, beginning a dialogue between the Divine, the artist and the viewer. In this creative, prayerful conversation we not only connect with creation, but find who we are in it and in relation to others, transforming divergence into dialogue.
Our work is a result of collaboration. We go beyond the conceptual sense, to include working together on the same canvas. We paint at the same time, forging ideas together that neither of us could create alone. We experience this as both visual and verbal communication. When we begin our conversation in paint, it is important to let each of our voices be heard, allowing expression of our unique perspectives.
Chaos seems necessary to get to the deeper order that unifies our work. Because we know that ideas usually don’t move in a straight line, we make intentional space for a more organic and flowing nature to take hold. Sometimes it takes courage, faith and time to allow ourselves to be transformed by the process. We have found that our usual rushed and me focused behavior finally gives way to the quiet gift of being together. We bring this process into our workshops where we create paintings in large groups, much the same way we create our own work.
In life, and in conversation, things get messy. The visual language of color and shape helps us think about larger issues together. In working as one, we each bring ourselves fully to the canvas. We move from ego and forced will to a space that holds creative tension and gives rise to a reconciling third voice. It becomes both personal and universal. We are always surprised by what we have painted and discovered together and what we find in common. It is what we call painting as prayer.