The light shines in the darkness

"The light shines in the darkness"

A series of paintings by Ruth Goodheir

Completed in December 2001


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The light shines in the darkness

"The Light Shines in the Darkness"

Around 1996/7 I went through a time of personal crisis. I was encouraged to paint from imagination, as a way of expressing my inner thoughts and feelings. I am grateful for the love and encouragement of four women, Helen Hamilton, Kate Porteus, Sandy Kozikowska and Joyce Ferne, and for the faithful support of my husband, Carel.

I discovered that once I started, the thing took on a life of its own. On the Island of Iona I found a single vertebra, washed up by the waves, and used it to get started. After each drawing was completed, I had to wait, sometimes for several weeks, without knowing what the next drawing would be. Sometimes three came to me at once. Often I woke up from a dream knowing what the next one was. During this time I experienced joy and pain, darkness and light, storm and calm, and a sense of the sacredness of creation.

Some of the drawings were done while living with the L'Arche Community in Inverness, whose members led me to a world of welcome, gentleness and simplicity.

When the drawings were completed I began to turn them into oil paintings. It was a time of deep transformation during which I really lived the paintings. When they were finished I felt exhausted - four years had passed.

I later found readings and poems to accompany them, and showed them to friends. The imagery in the paintings is Christian, but I discovered that they can speak to people of all faiths or none. Then we put up this website. They have been exhibited in a number of venues, most recently in Glasgow, in November, 2010, along with some other drawings and paintings. Some works were offered for sale there, and some of these are still available, see HERE."

A book of reproductions has been printed. See THE BOOK

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