FINE ART > Gardener Series

The Gardener
oil and wax and gold leaf
two 30 x 30 inch panels
Tenderly Sown With This
oil and wax and gold
36 x 48 inches
Tenderly Sown
oil and charcoal and mixed media on panel
Noah Plants a Vineyard 24" x 24" oil on panel
mixed media and oil on panel
24" x 24"
Birthing    charcoal and oil on panel
12" x 12"
Artificial Respiration / Learning to Breathe Series oil and charcoal on canvas
oil on canvas
36" x 36" SOLD

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 of my hand weighs
more than death and the leaves
I touch are stillborn. 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

Suzanne Underwood Rhodes