FINE ART > Gardener Series

I love tending my garden. I am aware of its changing palette, the beauty of unfolding flowers, and the feel and smell of moist soil in my hands. And I am familiar too with the hard soil and the daily dying in my garden.

Several of these paintings were inspired by Suzanne Rhodes' following poem, that alludes to a loving Gardener who tends the gardens of our hearts.

The Gardener
I haven’t talked to you about
a dark space I dug up.
Clods and rocks I can pick out of soil,
blue veined clay I can nourish,
weeds yank up, shade, cut back.
But this
hollow where no seed is meant to grow
astounds. I go back to basics,
trusting my hands to find the dirt
as it always was, humid and maternal,
easily worked to hatch seeds,
But this
breach of earth voids every breathing
speck so that the spade in my hand weighs
more than death and the leaves that
I touch are still born.

Tell me,
must I keep tending,
must I turn this
blank into myself and vanish
or is the hole the entrance
into some new ground that is yet
familiar, tilled and fertile, vast
as my loss, tenderly sown with this?

Suzanne Underwood Rhodes

Noah Plants a Vineyard 24" x 24" oil on panel
mixed media and oil on panel
24" x 24"
2009
$1500
Birthing    charcoal and oil on panel
oil/charcoal/canvas
12" x 12"
2009
The Gardener oil on canvas 36" x 48"
oil and charcoal on canvas
36" x 48"
2011
$3800
Artificial Respiration / Learning to Breathe Series oil and charcoal on canvas
oil on canvas
36" x 36" SOLD
2012