This painting series explores humanism and our responses to our environments. As individuals, there’s a lot of mental and emotional baggage that we carry with us, and it colors how we to react to the world around us, and the state of the world and everything that is occurring in it. Looking at the world now with the deep sadness of the fires in Australia, what we’re looking at with our world leaders- as much chaos as there is in the world and no matter what we’ve been subjected to, we need to learn how to forgive, transform ourselves and help others want that for themselves. If we choose to rise above all the chaos then we can try and help one another make the world a better place. This series explores energies in color and there are more in development.

The plan was to create something authentic- putting my own experiences on a canvas by applying everything I was going through and expressing it in color. The two large ones with the red circles are my favorites and are both 36” x 48”. The other pieces from the Rising Above Chaos series have been doing well at Affaire D Art Gallery in Galveston, TX. I’d love to create additional custom pieces from this series for designers.

The inspiration came from a lot of factors -including my own struggles and healing with the chaos around me personally at the time the first pieces of the series was created. When I’m in the studio, the music I listen to on full blast through my headphones always influences my color palette and the energy of the piece.

At Spectrum Miami people really loved the piece. I loved and appreciated the opportunity to have people from all over the world see this piece and talk to them about it. I was definitely encouraged to create more of these and can’t wait to get more canvasses.

  • Artist: Artsy Monkey

Posted by Lara Lenhoff

I have always utilized artistic expression as my way to connect with others and the world around me. I was fortunate to have had an amazing family who could afford me piano lessons, in which I turned around into being a poetic songwriter, and an unbelievable art teacher in elementary school who helped me understand the healing of art when he noticed my struggles with assimilation from my home country of Cape Town, South Africa into 1989 Lexington, Kentucky. I never studied art in school because my connection to creating is far too personal to have a professor shred to bits, and more than likely me with it in the process. As an adult, sharing my art is my passion, and in the last several years of my professional career, I’ve cultivated my style and understood the importance of art in the world. I’ve collaborated with several non profit organizations to raise funds for their causes by curating art shows. Art gives me a voice, and my mind communicates in color.

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