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 “Rooted in my early childhood in Brazil is a deep and intimate
connection with the earth.
I didn’t know these imprints would reawaken someday and bring me to subjects that relate to the exquisite life force of nature, as well as to its wanton destruction within the rainforests. I believe this inspiration came to me as a spiritual responsibility on raising awareness about our own actions towards earth. I approach a new painting without preconceived ideas, choosing instead to let the spirit of the artwork guide me, building up layers of oil, sand, marble dust, sawdust, and stone on canvas. It is only later that the subjects of the work present themselves and hidden symbols are revealed. I seek to raise questions about why this wanton de- nudation is happening to our earth. I strive to  nd new answers that can lead me personally, and us collectively, to support the regeneration process of this beautiful living being. For me, creat- ing art connects all of my deepest roots; it is like breathing.”
2017 Honorable Mention for Fine Art
Josie BeLL

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