DescriptionMY REACTION: This is how I always WANT to paint. What I am always striving for. But usually I am too much of a tight ass. Thankfully, I managed to loosen up for this fabulous little series. What fun!CONTENT: I never thought much about rats until I was found by a lover of rats who first bought the painting titled White Rat and then went on to become a collector of my work and also my friend. She managed to infect me with her passion for rats. This small series is inspired by photos she took of her rodent kids. I just loved her photos so much, I had to paint these cuties. ARTISTIC CONCERNS: This is a combination of brush painting and fingerpainting. Over the top of other painting and ink sketches.
Melissa Robinson, Central Minnesota Member Since July 2007 Artist Statement I make art for people. Not for galleries. Not to impress other artists. Sometimes just to entertain myself. But mostly I make art for people. Because some connections are deeper than words. Because art is what I have to give. Color feeds me. Heals me. Lines, too. Shapes. Light. Emotion. That is the stuff behind it all. Emotion. Power. Faith.
My work is a way of weaving together the many resources we need to cope with modern life. Virtues and failings balanced with humor and grace. Scrubbing away the gobbledygook to get to the heart of things. The Holy stuff. The pulsing beat of love that sings just below all of our daily concerns. I try to capture that. Even just a glimpse of that. To remind folks - to remind myself - that our lives are not just routines and drivel. Not just responsibilities and duties and things to buy. Our lives are poems unfolding. Beautiful dramas full of unseen forces at play. Our lives are art. God's art. And when my odd little pictures are successful. They give you a moment, a space, to breath in and remember the beauty of life unfolding.
I am eternally grateful for your interest in my work and your support. You make my art (and, so, my life) possible.