When I was asked to produce a piece of artwork for downtown Siloam Springs, I knew I wanted it to be unique to the community. Historically, from what I have read, the “springs” in town were never major flowing water systems, but gentle flowing water. The image I’ve always had in my head was that of active, life giving springs. While preparing to work on sketches, early summer storms had Sager Creek actively flowing through rocks, and settling into gentle yet flowing pools. I tried to capture that idea of active versus gentle springs.
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Having been someone who always dealt with depression, when I read Andrew Solomons’ book The Noonday Demon, I was enlightened to read “Mild depression is a gradual and sometimes permanent thing that undermines people the way rust weakens iron.” He went on to add, “If one imagines a soul of iron that weathers with grief and rusts with mild depression, then major depression is the startling collapse of a whole structure.” The reality was, I had allowed my Bipolar Disorder to rust my identity to the point of collapse, rather than allowing Christ to define me.Read More