The inspiration for this abstract came from my pursuit for calmness in a hectic world where day-to-day responsibilities seem to pull me in every direction. Calm Pursuit is intended to convey the message that it takes grace along with commitment to pursue and maintain a state of calmness in everyday life regardless of circumstances.
The colors and texture of Calm Pursuit were inspired by coastal North Carolina. While growing up, I spent a lot of time on the beach enjoying the warm sand and sunshine. The beach always served as a haven and sanctuary for me, a place where I could get alone and just be--a place of calm.
The painting was constructed by starting with a background wash of neutral colors. The circles and patches of texture were created with a mixture of paste, gel medium and sand. The turquoise represents the ocean on a sunny day and the number 5 stands for grace. The five circles are symbolic of the grace I need to pursue calmness and freedom and maintain it.
The painting wraps the edges of the 36x36x1.5 inch gallery wrap canvas. It comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, artist signature (sjh) is on the front and it is wired and ready to hang. No frame needed.