Christy Vannoy: Reception Hall, July 16-August 27.  First Friday opening reception, Friday, August 6, 5-7:30 p.m.

Artist Statement

I am grateful to Wendy and Holly and the ACAC for recognizing me and allowing me to show my paintings.

I grew up in Gettysburg and lived in Adams County all my life.  In September of 2015 I set out on a journey of self discovery and transformation.  I left behind everything that I had ever known and flew to California to step into the  unknown.  In doing this I learned that anything is possible.  Most of these paintings were created during the turbulent years before I left Gettysburg.  I have also included a few that I painted later in California.

My love of art has been with me since I was a child and my creative nature strong throughout my life.  I didn’t start painting until I was 43. I allowed myself the freedom to play and have fun and that’s what I did.  I needed a creative outlet to move the energy and the feelings that I was experiencing those years between 2012-2015. Each painting has deep meaning to me.  Each painting took on a life of it’s own during the creation.  I love color and music and movement.  I love texture.  I love that when I begin I have no idea what the end result will be.  I like to be wild with the paint and allow it to guide me until I feel completely satisfied with the result.  Sometimes its easy and it just flows and other times it may take on many forms before I feel it is a finished piece…either way I love the process.   I work on the ground or a table so the canvas is flat and the acrylic paint can be applied in ways that do not involve a paint brush.  I use an array of techniques and tools to apply the paint.

These paintings have so much meaning to me because their creations were cathartic for me even though I don’t believe I was completely aware of this at the time.  When I look back now on the names that I gave each one I see how my transformational journey began with them.

In the next year or so I would make the hardest decision of my life and discover the abundance of miracles that supported my desire to liberate myself and my life.  I didn’t paint again until 2018 when I was living in Southern California.  That same year I decided to remind myself that anything is possible and once again take a leap of faith.  I had always wanted to live in Costa Rica.  I had no idea how I would manage to actually make this a reality.   By committing to the decision, and trusting in it, everything seemed to align to carry me there.  I may have painted 12 paintings and within a couple of months I sold almost all of them privately by just showing them to one person.  This unexpected blessing contributed to assist my move.   The power of art is extraordinary.

Thank you for allowing me to share my paintings and my heart.