What I wanted originally were hearts. It is a painting about love and our justice system. You might not see any hearts in the completed painting. It is important that they are there. I especially like the heart that the two women make with their bodies.
I found this quote, “The moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” –Theodore Parker. Mr. Parker was an abolitionist who lived and died in the 19th century. I think he would be honored to be a proponent of marriage equality.
The original is acrylic paint, tissue paper, Washi tape, varnish on linen canvas.
The original is in a private collection. You can read about the real life women on my blog, gatorgirlart.wordpress.com.
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I live, work, and thrive in NOLA. I am a mixed media artist drawn to Louisiana subject matter, from alligators to angels. When people see my work, I want them to feel the love and prayers that I have attached to the paintings.
I paint because I see a picture in my mind, triggered by something I see or a song that I hear, and I want to bring it into reality. One of my goals is to keep New Orleans in the forefront of people’s vision. I start each painting with prayers for the city, often extending to all sentient beings. I want whoever sees my paintings to feel these prayers. I want my paintings to speak to the viewer’s heart.
When I painted “Ascension”, I was at mass at St. Stephen’s and saw a dove, representing the Holy Spirit, above the crucifix. I thought of a brown pelican, our state bird, ascending from a cross, to represent NOLA rising from the destruction and corruption following Hurricane Katrina. While I was painting the pelican, I thought of crawfish angels taking the pelican skyward. The halo around the pelican’s head was made from Mardi Gras beads dried in gel and roughly removed, leaving a crusty, seascape look. The three fish, which could have been 3 of anything, represent the Holy Trinity.
One of my pieces is called “Feathered Friends”. It represents a community project involving building and improving parks and community gardens in New Orleans. The painting represents divine guidance and our relationship with living things.
When I was teaching in California, I attended a painting workshop presented by Shiloh McCloud. In the course of the weekend, Shiloh instructed us to write down our vision of the future. I decided at that time to retire from California in three years and move with my family to New Orleans and paint full time.
Nancy Wolfe Kimberly is a New Orleans artist living and working in the East Carrollton neighborhood.
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