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SERENITY: An artist statement

se·ren·i·ty

səˈrenədē/

noun

  1. the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled.

  2. "an oasis of serenity amidst the bustling city"


SERENITY

While this painting is of a crashing massive wave, there is a peaceful, calm predictable rhythm to it. Listening to the ocean rhythm always leaves me feeling refreshed and in sync with myself again.


This piece is from my S Series. I have an obsession with the spiral symbol and the ocean. This series varies between a focus on the ocean waves or the spiral and often both. For me the ocean and its waves are the rhythm that represents life. The ocean water is cleansing and restores me when I am feeling drained. I am so drawn to the spiral and all the symbolism behind it: from Buddhism and the ancient Native American baskets, this symbol is ever-present. The spiral reveals itself to us in nature in everything from opalescent seashells to Romanesco broccoli displayed at the market in the streets of Marseille. The spiral represents our journey. Always learning and growing. Flowing gently forward with life’s twists and turns. This same flow is in our ocean’s waves, sunsets and hopefully in creating art.


The close-up video below really shows the texture and details of this painting. Enjoy!


Artfully,

Kimberly Rachelle


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