DescriptionThe words in this piece read: I am love. And I am with you always.This is a tribute to a wonderful little dog named Cosmo. He belonged to a friend and he passed away suddenly at a relatively young age. My friend commissioned this piece as a gift for her daughter who was Cosmo's best friend. I had the good fortune to meet Cosmo when he was healthy and playful and will always remember him that way.This is one of those very very rare pieces that flowed from me as though someone else was moving my hand. I was surprised and thrilled to see it unfold. I love this painting.I hope this image brings comfort and smiles to many folks out there. I know it comforts me. The sentiment reads, 'I am love. And I am with you always.' That helps me to accept the loss of my own furry friend. To know that the love she showed me and the love she inspired in me has changed my heart forever and will always make the world a better place to me.
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.