"Waterfalls are often heard before seen, so first visual impressions might be imagined and internal, matching the way I approach my depictions of them. I’ve had many actual experiences with these wonderful crescendo points of nature and know how to paint them, however my paintings of waterfalls for my September exhibit at Froelick Gallery are symbolic of a natural, spiritual unity that echoes human experience.
Encountering raw nature is, for me, a journey of spiritual discovery and an exploration of self-knowledge. I can easily imagine what it would feel like to be a drop of water bouncing along towards an edge, an event horizon, beyond which is the unknown, then suddenly in free fall before sinking deep down, only to rise back up to the surface, continuing the onward journey.
I have taken this trip literally, in cascading stream slides, and figuratively, through life experience. The intense rawness of a confrontation with such a powerful natural force echoes the internal struggle for self-awareness. A waterfall is Nature’s way of dealing with a change of elevation along a waterway’s forward progression. From falling raindrop in the mountains to the vast ocean, a great cycle of transformation and renewal is continually ongoing and waterfalls have their part in that.
My life has had numerous drops in elevation when I’ve especially felt in free-fall. Part of a waterfall’s symbolism is, for me, the recognition that the dramatic free-fall is but a part of a continuing journey, perhaps an appropriate symbol for the year I turn 65." Laura Ross-Paul, 2015