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Edge of Eden

Jody Williams's avatar Jody Williams

The Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir was once asked why he painted with such a colorful palette. His response was “Why shouldn’t art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world.” As an artist, I must admit that painting the ugly realities and hardships of life can be a natural and necessary artistic expression of our day. But in truth, isn’t beauty what we seek most of our days? Why then should beauty be suspect? I was compelled to paint something of beauty and inspiration. This was more challenging than initially expected, until I decided to simply paint a small spot on this earth of personal significance. A place that whispers to the mysteries and secrets of life. It is nondescript and unheralded, located on the edge of a deep wood just off the shores and dunes of Lake Michigan. An area that, over time, has become a place of rest and recovery and relaxation and refuge. A literal Edge of Eden.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 2 inches
  • Medium: oil on linen
  • Width: 96 inches
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: 90 inches