The ancient Roman philosopher Seneca wrote, “nothing is ours except time.” I share my own slipstream of time on my Missouri farm in this work. I have forever been awestruck by the indelible life force and beauty of the natural world. Whether I am looking at a sparkling reflection on the water’s surface, the veins of a translucent leaf in the sunlight, or the limbs of trees responding to the wind like dancers on the horizon. It is the sublimation of those threshold moments that I bring back to my studio.
The language I find in nature fuses with my own language to convey feeling and suggest thought. This focus highlights the mysticism, value and sanctity of the now threatened natural world. I link this awareness to becoming better stewards of the earth, and the realization that we are undeniably and inextricably connected. While there is a quiet and beautiful calm in the paintings, there also is a thread of the uncertain.
The paintings mirror nature, as both are like a temple. A place to enter, to feel, to contemplate.
Lil Olive is currently an MFA candidate in painting at Savannah College of Art and Design. She has participated in three solo shows at Obelisk Gallery in 2017, 2019 and 2021. Olive has also exhibited in two nationally juried shows. Ecoconsciousness, 2020, juror Eleanor Heartney, an online catalogue and billboard show, and Inspiration, a group show at Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. in 2018.