While living in Florida one cool winter’s day, I felt driven to stay at home and paint. I just wanted to put paint on the canvas without any intentions of painting anything in particular, so I mixed my colors of blues, greens, and violets and started to paint.
After hours of painting, I had covered a 36' x 60' canvas not having any idea what I had painted. I just thought it was an abstract. I walked away for a few minutes, and upon returning, I realized that I had been painting crosses. This was the beginning of a series of paintings called Hope.
In December of 1990, my son and only child, Shawn, was killed in a car accident coming home from a Christmas party. Shawn was 20 years old. These paintings help me deal with my loss. Although these paintings show darkness, they always come back to the light. As an artist, this is my way of expressing sorrow and pain yet hope to move forward into the light.
There are images of Christ in a very contemporary style in this painting. The crosses with the half halo rings are souls that have been in heaven for a long time and the crosses without are souls that are just entering the heavens. The intense color moves you throughout the painting, reflecting pain,
yet the light brings hope.
This Series is called Hope There are many in this collection. In this oil painting you will find God is wearing the thorns of Jesus, his eyes reflecting tears of pain for his son on the cross. Also you will notice a cross on the right below Christ that holds a dominant shape. This shape reflects the image of a woman. Sidney incorporates lilies in some of her Hope paintings. The lilies, with their strong, beautiful substance, help to strengthen the spiritual structure of this painting.
Crosses are vividly starting to appear in second painting. Artist is becoming braver and bolder with her inspiration.