Description Children are my most favorite subject matter and as a parent my greatest concern was how to keep my children safe. There is a fine line between encouraging them, with words of caution and concern and paralyzing them with fear. We teach them to trust, but be wary....love, but not at the expense of themselves....dream but be realistic...The task of raising and educating a child to become confident,caring,loving and mindful is an awesome responsibility....but so well worth the effort.This oil painting also features highly textured ares that were created using fabric and paper beneath the pigment.
Jude Harzer, Jersey Shore Member Since February 2008 Artist Statement For what seems like most of my life, I have experienced the world as an endless stream of images that I wanted to capture and recreate. I visually dissect objects into shapes, colors, lines and texture and perceive the world in terms of relationships, layers and parts, rather than as a single entity. My art allows me to physically ‘isolate’ these connections.
I believe one of my greatest ‘gifts’ is my ability to ‘see’ beauty in the world around me, even when it seems most difficult to find. As a mother and educator, I am surrounded by my preferred subject matter, and my most treasured source of inspiration: children. My recent series, entitled, ‘Fly’, is ,in essence, about the belief that when children are nurtured and encouraged as individuals, they will discover their ability to grow and achieve. My work explores the desire to preserve the child like spirit in all of us!
I paint primarily with oils and have recently begun to explore the technique of collage, incorporating a variety of papers, aluminum,silver leaf and other materials into my work. I use an array of patterns and colors, in a quilt like motif, to achieve rich texture and a ‘loose’ visual narrative. My recent works are inspired by the notion that as we dream,we possess the power to shape our "reality."
"May you dream,find beauty and fly!"
Please note that 15 % of all purchases made of any images featured in the "Fly "Gallery will be donated to the Art for Cancer group, specifically going to St. Jude's Hospital for children. 15% of any purchase made from my other galleries will be donated to the Healing Arts group. Thank you so much for your interest and support. Art does heal!