When your hand touches pen to page, or your scent lingers upon your clothes, or your feet tread upon the sands, you are leaving a trail of impressions in the world and creating a unique set of historical objects specific to your life. Across the ephemeral and the persistent, the tangibility of objects is valuable. They are the markers, both common and sacred, of the contributions we make in the course of our lives. Our personal stories fold into the larger timeline of human history and progress. History is simply what has happened. It is the chronicle of actions human beings and itself a construction of humanity. Together we create it. We use your story to express your identity in the provenance - the formal document recording a work of art's life from creation to exhibition and ownership. This is where the art and history marry; the historical record of a work capturing history. Let's use your handwriting  on a page. Weave in fibers from your cloak of strength. Incorporate grains of sand from your sacred ground. It is your unique history to create and through me, transform into a legacy of beauty and spirit. 

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inner significance.

– Aristotle.

a reflection of your unique life




"FOR MANY YEARS I have been convinced that something occurs in the creative working of the imagination that is more fundamental—but more puzzling—than we have assumed in contemporary psychology. In our day of dedication to facts and hard-headed objectivity, we have disparaged imagination: it gets us away from “reality”; it taints our work with “subjectivity”; and, worst of all, it is said to be unscientific. As a result, art and imagination are often taken as the “frosting” to life rather than as the solid food. No wonder people think of “art” in terms of its cognate, “artificial,” or even consider it a luxury that slyly fools us, “artifice.” Throughout Western history our dilemma has been whether imagination shall turn out to be artifice or the source of being.

What if imagination and art are not frosting at all, but the fountainhead of human experience? What if our logic and science derive from art forms and are fundamentally dependent on them rather than art being merely a decoration for our work when science and logic have produced it? These are the hypotheses I propose here."


- Rollo May, The Courage To Create



MARSHALL CARBEE - PORTRAIT


PORTRAIT

My artistry is creating portraits of your essence - not a traditional portrait of your likeness. In fact, we create your portrait together, capturing and expressing your being at that moment. I make the paints by hand, incorporating materials you help select, so the painting becomes an expression of your spirit. Sand from your favorite beach, the worn fibers of a childhood blanket, or even your own tears can be mixed into the paint we create. This process of material integration establishes a living historical document. Recorded within it are the essential fragments of your past, impressions of your present intent, and the enduring reverberations of self, ushering you into the future. The goal is to create an abstract painting that is a reflection of your unique life.






- Marshall Carbee