The Love Series

Molly DeVoss



 Each year I complete about 20 paintings that have an overarching theme. I don’t often “think” about what I’m going to paint. I “feel” and allow that energy to flow out onto the surface. These feelings are fresh and in the moment. Often that freshness creates texture in my work — frequently they are paintings that look like drawings. Present moments in time are captured in my art - movement, transitioning, feelings, and shifts - and often the human/spirit form emerges. Each painting tells a story, enhanced by my handwritten quips and/or pages from rare books. All of my art is drenched in Loving Light.



THE LOVE SERIES

 

Now that we are freeing ourselves from fear and external expectations and have begun to spiritually Awaken, we explore Love.

The Love Series contains three groups of work: “Aspects of Love”, which interpret the four Greek words for Love, “Spaces in Your Togetherness”, which represent Khalil Gibran’s writings on Love, and “Love Is”, which are ten paintings that represent aspects of Love.


   “Content” from the series Love Is 36x36 Acrylic and mixed media on rag paper mounted to panel board. Handwritten “Contentment reduces needs.” And from Rumi mounted rare book pages “Your hearts know in silence the secret of the nights and days.” and “Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced” 

 

 “Content” from the series Love Is

36x36 Acrylic and mixed media on rag paper mounted to panel board.

Handwritten “Contentment reduces needs.” And from Rumi mounted rare book pages “Your hearts know in silence the secret of the nights and days.” and “Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced” 


   “Sing” from the series Spaces in Your Togetherness 36x36 Acrylic and mixed media on rag paper mounted to canvas.  Handwritten “Sing and dance together and be joyous.”

 

 “Sing” from the series Spaces in Your Togetherness

36x36 Acrylic and mixed media on rag paper mounted to canvas. 

Handwritten “Sing and dance together and be joyous.”


   “Spaces” from Spaces in Your Togetherness 36x36 Acrylic and mixed media on rag paper mounted to canvas

 

 “Spaces” from Spaces in Your Togetherness

36x36 Acrylic and mixed media on rag paper mounted to canvas


   “Protects” from Love Is 36x36 Acrylic and mixed media on rag paper mounted to canvas

 

 “Protects” from Love Is

36x36 Acrylic and mixed media on rag paper mounted to canvas


   “Winds” from Spaces in Your Togetherness 36x36 Acrylic and mixed media on rag paper mounted to panel board.  Handwritten “The winds of the heavens dance between you. Let love be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.” from Khalil Gibran

 

 “Winds” from Spaces in Your Togetherness

36x36 Acrylic and mixed media on rag paper mounted to panel board. 

Handwritten “The winds of the heavens dance between you. Let love be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.” from Khalil Gibran


   “Patience” from Love Is 36x36 Acrylic and mixed media on rag paper mounted to panel board.  Handwritten “In stillness I wait and listen.”

 

 “Patience” from Love Is

36x36 Acrylic and mixed media on rag paper mounted to panel board. 

Handwritten “In stillness I wait and listen.”


“Hopeful” from Love Is 36x36 Acrylic and mixed media on rag paper mounted to panel board.  Handwritten “The glass is half full.”

“Hopeful” from Love Is

36x36 Acrylic and mixed media on rag paper mounted to panel board. 

Handwritten “The glass is half full.”


“Kindness” from Love Is 36x36 Acrylic and mixed media on rag paper mounted to panel board.  Mounted rare book pages from Kahlil Gibran “You are good when you strive to give of yourself.”  and “And what is it but fragments of your own self you would discard that you may become free?” and “You give much and know not that you give at all.”

“Kindness” from Love Is

36x36 Acrylic and mixed media on rag paper mounted to panel board. 

Mounted rare book pages from Kahlil Gibran “You are good when you strive to give of yourself.” 

and “And what is it but fragments of your own self you would discard that you may become free?” and “You give much and know not that you give at all.”


   “Storage” from Aspects of Love 36x36 Acrylic and mixed media on rag paper mounted to panel board.  Handwritten “Sometimes a door opens, and a human being becomes a way for grace to come through.”

 

 “Storage” from Aspects of Love

36x36 Acrylic and mixed media on rag paper mounted to panel board. 

Handwritten “Sometimes a door opens, and a human being becomes a way for grace to come through.”


     “Eros” from Aspects of Love 36x36 Acrylic and mixed media on rag paper mounted to panel board.  Mounted rare book page copy “The stars come up spinning every night bewildered in love.” and “When one of us gets lost, is not here, he must be inside us. There’s no place like that anywhere in the world.” Handwritten is “I love you.” and Kanji for “Eros” in Chinese.

 

 

 “Eros” from Aspects of Love

36x36 Acrylic and mixed media on rag paper mounted to panel board. 

Mounted rare book page copy “The stars come up spinning every night bewildered in love.” and “When one of us gets lost, is not here, he must be inside us. There’s no place like that anywhere in the world.” Handwritten is “I love you.” and Kanji for “Eros” in Chinese.


“Agape” from Aspects of Love 36x36 Acrylic and mixed media on rag paper mounted to panel board.  Mounted rare book page copy “Remember the lips where the wind-breath originated, and let your note be clear. Don’t try to end it. Be your note.”  Handwritten is “agape unconditional”

“Agape” from Aspects of Love

36x36 Acrylic and mixed media on rag paper mounted to panel board. 

Mounted rare book page copy “Remember the lips where the wind-breath originated, and let your note be clear. Don’t try to end it. Be your note.” 

Handwritten is “agape unconditional”


“Philia” from Aspects of Love 36x36 Acrylic and mixed media on rag paper mounted to panel board.  Mounted rare book page copy “Life freezes if it doesn’t get a taste of this almond cake.” and “A mountain keeps an echo deep inside itself. That’s how I hold your voice.” Handwritten is “The Buddha in me bows to the Buddha in you” 

“Philia” from Aspects of Love

36x36 Acrylic and mixed media on rag paper mounted to panel board. 

Mounted rare book page copy “Life freezes if it doesn’t get a taste of this almond cake.” and “A mountain keeps an echo deep inside itself. That’s how I hold your voice.” Handwritten is “The Buddha in me bows to the Buddha in you” 


   “Quiver” from Spaces in Your Togetherness 24x48 Acrylic and mixed media on rag paper mounted to panel board.  Handwritten “The strings of a lute are alive though they quiver with the same music.”

 

 “Quiver” from Spaces in Your Togetherness

24x48 Acrylic and mixed media on rag paper mounted to panel board. 

Handwritten “The strings of a lute are alive though they quiver with the same music.”


small works - click image to enlarge


Biography

Considering the incorporation of messages and handwritten quips in Molly DeVoss’ art, one may not be completely surprised that she has spent over twenty five years as an entrepreneur in the marketing and design profession. The messages come from embedded excerpts from rare collectible books and music sheets. She teases with questions, making us consider the meaning of the message, and often ourselves. Her art is suggestive – often resisting definition or explanation – causing people to feel something more than they understand. 

“My art is about relating to those moments of personal growth in our lives. Sometimes they are moments of epiphany and self-discovery, and at other times full of questions and confusion. As human beings we are on a spiritual journey, striving to understand our origins and purpose. My art reflects the torment, perplexity, frustration, and elation of that process. I hope that every person can relate to part of themselves in my work.”

Molly grew up the daughter of an air force pilot and traveled a great deal during her developmental years giving her a plethora of worldly inspiration to draw upon. Her mother, Toby DeVoss, is an accomplished figurative artist who inspires Molly deeply.  

Molly’s paintings — with multiple layers, unique textures and color palette — reflect her passion for the land of the Southwest. The human figure is a common theme in her work. “I coalesce with my model muses and bring the essence of their energy being to the canvas.” Often the dragonfly image is hidden in her paintings. “The dragonfly inspires me to remain ‘present’ in the moment. I started seeing many of them in a variety of unusual places. They seemed to be haunting me. But then I realized they had always been there – I just hadn’t taken the time to truly ‘see’ them. Now when they drift into my peripheral vision I know it is a reminder to ‘slow down, be outside of myself and enjoy the magical wonder of the world’.”

Molly lives with her muse and “cat husband”, Tabasco, who accompanies her to her working studios in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Dallas, Texas. She is represented in a Dallas gallery, has participated in numerous shows, and is in individuals’ and corporate collections in the US and Japan.