Love

Love (human love as opposed to Divine Love) is a crazy, messy thing. I began this painting in New York around 2002 and finished it a couple of years later in 2005 shortly after re-locating to San Diego after my husband and I separated.

Jill Joy - LOVE - oil on canvas - 72x48 - 2005 - Available

Jill Joy – LOVE – oil on canvas – 72×48 – 2005 – Available

My experience of Love, true and lasting Love, is that it’s a journey. This was true of my relationship with my former husband (now friend) and has also been true of my current love which was has been an evolving process for 8 years.

I believe to truly love there has to be a purification of the ego (at least in my case there was). First I needed to really learn to love myself and meet most of my own needs and then I really needed to learn that I have to let people be who they are – it’s the greatest gift of love – acceptance.

This painting is from a series entitled Love and Other Words, a small group of large paintings I completed in 2005 and 2006 that explore the idea of love and incorporate words or poetry. It is thickly painted in oil and highly textured. The word “Love” is built up in relief on the canvas. Painted on primed canvas and stretched on hand built 2” stretchers, signed lower right.

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