Do you ever have moments when the beauty of an everyday object stops you in your tracks?
Moments of Transcendence describes a collection of paintings, each one of which is a record of an experience I have had, an encounter with the mundane that transcended the ordinary.
It all started with a salad. I was slicing a cucumber one evening. I paused for a moment to hold up a slice of the cucumber and look at it with the light behind it. The symmetry and beauty of that simple cuke slice, the pattern of the seeds, and the threefold geometry of its construction were irresistible. I had to draw it.
This led to a whole exploration of natural design in my artwork. And it resulted in a collection of more than 130 round miniature paintings, which I called the Moments of Transcendence collection. This book chronicles the history of the collection as well as showing all the paintings reproduced at life size.
(For more Moments of Transcendence images, to order prints, or get in touch with me, go to my website at www.betsygraybell.com.)
My artist grandfather gave me a sketchbook for my first birthday. I sold my first painting when I was in my early teens. Art has always been a part of my life. I have spent most of the last thirty-five years as a homemaker and mother, raising my family and homeschooling my children. Even so, I always found time and resources for art: fiber arts, drawing, painting, calligraphy, printmaking, and graphic design. I have a B.A. in studio art from the University of Maine at Augusta. I have been an art gallery manager and a business consultant. My work has been shown in galleries and public buildings in Ohio, Maryland and Maine, and I have work in private collections in many parts of the United States and overseas. I live in a 180-year-old farmhouse in the mountains of western Maine.