Feel­ing Fear­less!

Arabella - - MADISON HART - Brett An­ning­son

"Be fear­less. Don’t hold back or strive for per­fec­tion. Not ev­ery­one is go­ing to like what you do, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t won­der­ful." These are the iconic bits of ad­vice that Madi­son Hart wants to share with any­one who is tak­ing up the brush. "If you’re hav­ing trou­ble with a piece, put it away and start some­thing new… some­times a break can change your per­spec­tive. What you don’t like one mo­ment, you just might love the next!" Good ad­vice, yet hard-earned. In this case, wis­dom born through the evo­ca­tion of pain. "Within a span of two-and-a-half years, I lost both my par­ents while my sis­ter, Denise, bat­tled can­cer," Madi­son re­calls. "These events not only pro­foundly changed my life, but also dra­mat­i­cally in­flu­enced the way I paint to­day. Though I was known for my re­al­is­tic cot­tage gar­dens, for some rea­son I can’t ex­plain, I could no longer paint the same way. In­stead, I felt com­pelled to ex­press my feel­ings and ex­pe­ri­ences, crav­ing the free­dom to cre­ate from my mind and spirit – to tell my story rather than paint what I saw." Her new work is filled with sym­bol­ism. Madi­son sees it as il­lus­trat­ing the jour­ney of life through our tri­als and tribu­la­tions and the lessons learned along the way. "To start with, my paint­ings are al­ways slightly askew and a lit­tle messy," she ex­plains, "just like life. The houses rep­re­sent our souls or spirit – the essence of who we are. They’re placed in rows to sig­nify our con­nec­tions to one another; the bonds we form with fam­ily and friends and the sim­i­lar­i­ties and dif­fer­ences we share as hu­man be­ings. The gar­dens and flow­ers are about our growth, both phys­i­cal and spir­i­tual. When the flow­ers are con­tained in a vase, it denotes de­ci­sions and choices made, not in­flu­enced by fate or oth­ers but by in­stinct and in­tu­ition. The trees stand for wis­dom and knowl­edge. The paths and roads sym­bol­ize the

left, When Sun Shines, acrylic on can­vas, 30" x 40" above, First Light, acrylic on can­vas, 30" x 30"

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