"Wabi Sabi" 16in x 20in, Acrylic on canvas (ready to hang)
Wabi Sabi, a Japanese philosophy which can be translated to the idea of embracing the beauty of the imperfect, or in simple terms, perfectly imperfect. Through my art, I translate that philosophy by abstracting the flowers I paint. I create these non-anatomically correct flowers to stand as a symbol meaning we are the flower. We all have our own imperfections or insecurities. Throughout this series, I like to use bold colors to encourage the viewer to look past the abstract and imperfect. Water is a universal symbol of life throughout many cultures. In this series, I use water to tell a story of life by keeping the water in the vase in a constant fluid motion even though the vase is on a flat plane. We all have our up and downs in life. Personally, I like to say that sometimes we just have to go with the flow, but most of all, just as the water helps the flower grow and bloom, we need to embrace our life experiences – the good and the bad – and let them help us grow into the people we want to be.