provided we stay brave

My friend commissioned these pieces as a gift for her husband; the text was excerpted from Wendell Berry’s poem, “The Country of Marriage“. Though I’ve been putting meditative text drawings and abstract/non-representational pieces next to each other for a couple of years now, this is the first time I’ve created a pair specifically to fit together rather than combining them after the fact. A small opportunity to practice conversation between these two ways of working.

provided we stay brave | Lynnette Therese Sauer

III.
Sometimes our life reminds me
of a forest in which there is a graceful clearing
and in that opening a house,
an orchard and garden,
comfortable shades, and flowers
red and yellow in the sun, a pattern
made in the light for the light to return to.
The forest is mostly dark, its ways
to be made anew day after day, the dark
richer than the light and more blessed,
provided we stay brave
enough to keep on going in.

–Wendell Berry, The Country of Marriage

provided we stay brave | LTS

libero: for Alison

libero: for Alison, ink on paper, 2013
libero: for Alison, ink on paper, 2013

 

Tattoo design for a dear friend of mine. (By the way: the tattoo artist did a phenomenal job and the final piece looks wonderful!)

Libero means “freedom” in Latin, and the elephant is a national animal of some southeast Asian countries as well as a symbol for strength, honor, and patience. Trips to several countries in this region of the world were an introduction to her passion for fighting human trafficking, and she sees these traits as valuable in that pursuit.