Description This piece was created after speaking with female prisoners. I saw that their imprisonment reflected the darkness we all fight and the need for freedom in all of our lives. The freedom in the Spirit releases us to fly. The darkness is chased away by the light of the Spirit. The abstract dove flies through the darkness to set us free from the bondage of lives of sin.
Nadine Rippelmeyer, Fayetteville,AR Member Since June 2007 Artist Statement My inspiration comes primarily from my faith. In addition, my family: husband Drake, sons Isaac and Josiah, and daughter Elise provide tremendous support and encouragement. I also find that I use my background in dance, nursing, music, and theater to more fully explore each subject that I paint. Having traveled and lived in South America, Asia, and Europe, I delight in varied landscapes, cultures, and people. My life experience is varied: I've worked in Cambodian refugee camps with the United Nations, worked for Johns Hopkins on the White Mountain Indian Reservation, been an NICU and OB nurse, practiced dance therapy at a state hospital, and taught many things: piano, ballet, public health, English, and more. I believe that we are gifted in many areas...and that many disciplines 'cross over'. Although I teach many mediums, I most enjoy working with water based media and pencil. Even though mostly self-taught, I voraciously read art journals, magazines, and books gathering new ideas at every turn! I currently sell to clients nationwide and overseas. I painted live at the Art Expo New York in 2009. I was the featured artist at the "Perceptions of Reality" for the grand opening art show for Ico Gallery in New York, New York in 2009 and was the featured artist for the Bal de Moulin Rouge show for the Amsterdam Whitney Gallery in New York, New York in 2009. Nadine displayed at Artist's Haven Gallery in Fort Lauderdale, FL. and just opened a new business entitled, "The Art Location" in Fayetteville, AR. See: www.theartlocation.com for more details!