“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures.” Henry Ward Beecher
“Society has long understood that the arts have the power to touch the heart and cradle the soul — to bring joy and to ease pain.” (The Stamford Advocate, CT, Phyllis Boros- Healing Newtown Gallery Open To The World)
“Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does the better.” Andre Gide
While my work has evolved from portrait and representational art to a form of abstract expressionism and beyond, new opportunities have also evolved. The sanctuary at Jersey Shore Calvary Chapel in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ, currently features an array of my paintings curated by Pastor John Durante and his wife, Christina. Works on view include Victory Parade (a large expressive abstraction based on 2 Corinthians 2:14) and Gathering (reminiscent of the Last Supper). I penned this statement in 2012 about Renaissance (a mixed-media piece that can be viewed above the communion table). It rings true for every artist.
An Artist Statement:
“Renaissance”- rebirth, revival of artistic achievement and vigor, resurrection
I desire, pray, study, learn, observe, believe, invest, prepare, paint, create, labor, fail, despair, pray, wait, push, risk, pull, tire, consult, rest, try again and again… and again. I finally rise; eventually triumph! This is my artistic process. The finished work then awaits its own resurrected opportunity to be seen and appreciated. Like the ascension of the morning sun, I trust it will come. The promise of resurrection is alive and written into everything if we only embrace the suffering that precedes the glory. Jesus offers this even to the weary artist.
Debbie Jencsik 2012