When I create, I understand some small part of God. It is something that I share with him. During the creative process, I understand him experientially. God creates, and I enjoy that I can share this in common with him. It is how I communicate best with the one who created me. For me, the creative process is an act of worship and communication — an act of solidarity between God and myself. I talk to him through my art. My work shows my feelings in purest form. It’s about me experiencing my God in a way that is intimately my own, but understood and familiar to many who come in contact with it.
My work is a journey of finding light in darkness, healing in pain, joy in sorrow, hope in despair and life in death. My work is about letting my creator reveal himself and allowing him to use my experience to make me stronger. Refined in the fire, made purer than ever.
I work fast, letting my emotion and intuition drive the painting. The process always involves a long period of adding and subtracting layers of paint, mimicking my life experiences: giving and taking away, building up and breaking down. I’m looking to reveal emotion through color, texture, light and shade.
I pair these images with references of literature, theology and Scripture so that the viewer can connect abstract emotion with real thought, creating his or her own emotional and cognitive connections to life and the world.
The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
BFA, Graphic Design
Designer, American Bible Society, New York, NY
Listening, American Bible Society, New York, NY
American Bible Society, New York, NY
Gail A. Martin, Haverford, PA
Sarah and Nathan Friend, Allentown, PA
Sharon L. Sacks, Haverford, PA
Images copyright © TJ Walsh
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