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Mays Mayhew


Aurora, IL 





"As a contemporary figurative realistic painter, I am deeply inspired by biblical narratives of Old Testament matriarchs and the timeless truths they convey. My paintings visually interpret their stories, exploring the complexities of faith, spirituality, and human nature.

Through my art, I seek to bring these ancient stories to life, capturing the drama and emotion of the biblical matriarchal narrative in a way that is both accessible and relevant to a modern audience. Whether depicting the anguish of Eve, the compassion of Leah, or the courage of Abigail, my paintings are an invitation to connect with these powerful matriarchs and the universal themes they embody.

In my work, I strive to balance the iconic with the personal, infusing each painting with a sense of intimacy and humanity. I believe that art has the power to transcend cultural and linguistic barriers, and my paintings are evidence of the enduring power of biblical narratives to speak to the human experience in a profound and meaningful way.

My process involves meticulous observation, using light, space, and texture to create a sense of depth and realism that draws the viewer into the scene. I believe that every brushstroke is an opportunity to infuse my paintings with meaning and emotion, and I work tirelessly to capture the subtleties of expression, gesture, and mood.

Ultimately, my goal as an artist is to create beautiful and thought-provoking works that inspire reflection and contemplation on the mysteries of life, faith, and humanity. Whether viewed as a simple aesthetic object or as a catalyst for deeper spiritual exploration, my paintings are an invitation to engage with biblical matriarchs' timeless wisdom and beauty."

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