The sanctuaries in my life are like a series of nesting dolls encompassing one another. I found an overarching sanctuary when I first came to Maine from California, from city life in San Francisco to the rural coast of this state.
I was enveloped by the rugged beauty and peace of this natural world, and fulfilled from living by the sea with my family.
Within that rich environment I have found sanctuary in the solace of my quiet studio, a space where I am alone and able to explore my inner life and art unhampered. Here I find introspection while absorbed in a solitary creative journey.
My work is the outgrowth of the peace and safety I feel while painting in this space. Many of the figures in these paintings and collages seem to be focused inwardly in their own sanctuaries.
Top image: Kathleen Noyes, “Beyond”, acrylic and collage, 12”x12”, 2019
I am fortunate to have lived in Mexico in a high mountain, desert plateau region. In Maine I’ve lived very close to its turbulent sea. When I’m troubled, and my art work seems to have stalled, I seek the coast of Maine, areas free of human development.
There I’m alone and with nature, and I’m able to re-engage with my creative self. It has become more important than ever to seek these quiet personal enclaves along Maine’s expansive coast for self-examination, especially in today’s divisive political and social climate in America.
C E Morse
The call for “Sanctuary” immediately brought to mind a trip to New Mexico where I visited many of the historical religious sites.
The church has long been a sanctuary, and mankind has sought comfort in its shelter, community, writings, rituals, symbols, and its signs of hope: perhaps a halo in the sky?