Cecelia’s Artist Statement:
I studied art in college and got my MA in Fine Arts, but then I went the way of mathematics and got a PhD in Math Education. I put my artist self away for a lifetime: I did not draw or paint for over 40 years. I was a student, a nun, a mother, a teacher, and mostly a math education professor at SFSU for over 30 years. Unfortunately, I thought my life was too serious for painting. Finally I retired, and here I am — back to being my artist self! I am glad to be back home, in the world of Art.
When I am painting, I am engaged in my deepest self. It is truly a place that is different from the life of the mind. I am not thinking in this space. I am watching the painting and communicating with it – with the lines and shapes – and together we give the image life. This process of creation is very gratifying for me. Spirit, beauty, line, form and color come together; light beckons the eye; dark spaces create mystery and wonder. It is fascinating: what I see leads me on. Line and form beckon me to move and change the piece. This creative process is like nothing else I know. The themes of my paintings are landscapes, roots, flowers, math formulas and equations and spiritual journeys, sometimes biographical.
I love line — line creates movement in a painting more than anything else. I wind the line for delicacy, scribble the line for freshness and personality, widen the line for boldness or to set off a particular form. Line runs all over the canvas dancing over the form to create some kind of structure. My painting is never finished until I have drawn into it with pen and ink. I am thrilled to be in the later part of my life in a community where I have so many opportunities for growth and friendship. Life is such an adventure! I hope you enjoy my paintings!