Media: Painting, Oil
Megan Lightell Tennessee
BFA, Illustration, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
Our relationship to the environment is complex and mysterious. Where we live speaks volumes about who we are and what we value. Living in one place for a period of time enables us to know it intimately, to feel the rhythms of the seasons. A place can become such a part of us that we take its images with us even when we leave.
There is an eternity present in the land that was here before we were, and will continue in its cycles long after we are gone. There is almost a necessary spiritual connection that we have with the land that sustains our very lives, and in the increasingly urban lifestyles that many have adopted, that connection becomes faint and distant. It is important to the soul to find places untouched by manís construction, even if they are not physical places.
I began painting landscapes out of a longing to return to the comfort, mystery, and silence embodied in the land I knew as a child. I have alternately found myself living in very urban and very rural settings, but regardless of my surroundings I am compelled to paint land, either as a reflection of my environment or as a depiction of a memory. It is always a meditation of sorts, a recognition of the holiness inherent in earth. I do not aspire to create paintings that directly represent or imitate my surroundings. I simply attempt to whisper faintly that sound I hear when I am in the right place.