Artist Statement For the Painting Series “Essence” by Kara Rainey
In early January of this year I was diagnosed with cancer. I started painting seriously a few weeks later. I wanted to do something that mattered even if just for a second. I had always been an artist but my metal art was heavier and cumbersome, not fit for someone experiencing such intense medical things. Cancer inevitably made me look back at my life. When I did this my only regret was the moments I wasted; not that I didn't accomplish some colossal great thing…more that I didn't realize how precious and amazing every moment was.So I started to paint. When I’m painting I am just trying to create a moment, simply allowing something to be with the lines and the colors and letting the moment be its most perfect self, capturing it, and letting it go. So does it matter? Yes… I think so. I think creating matters. I think art matters. I think moments matter. What do you think?
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