Conte crayon on gesso panel
Framed 16'wx20'h Unframed 7"wx10.25"h
Artist Statement: Our life experiences become the defining moments in the quest to reach the inner core of the viewer. The artist's definitive moment becomes the fuel, and the vehicle of self expression, on the road to the viewer's psyche. If I have touched the heart or moved the soul I have accomplished what I have set out to do. I am merely the conduit. For God both creates the subject and stirs the soul to its interpretation.
Ruth Bricknell and I had a great first call a little while ago. I knew right then, we had a lot in common, as we both love the water. We both especially love Harsens Island, Michigan. Ruth sent me a nice PDF file with all the essential info: pictures of her family, and a walk through the journey via the photos. Ruth is a survivor, and I knew that in the first few moments of our conversation. She also gets right to the point - I like that. I have had so much cancer in my own family that it was easy to relate to Ruth's story. Cancer is so devastating. It can easily get wrapped into poor-me syndrome. The best part about Ruth's story, especially the photos she provided, was the positive nature she displays and zest for life amid such devastating news. Ruth concentrates on her family, friends and the things she loves.I created "Flip Side'' focusing on the positive side of Ruth's outcome via her beautiful smile and the incredibly positive inspiring person that she is. I am so blessed to have this opportunity to share this experience with Ruth and her friends. Thank you Jeff, Ruth, and the Brushes with Cancer program for this experience. Here's to you, Ruth, and your journey. I hope you enjoy "Flip Side,'' as you are living proof that our spirit can be indomitable. May God Bless you always. Sincerely, Tony Warren