My "Earthlings" series has led me down a path I never expected. These simple figures have allowed me to express the essence of certain emotions and events in life. The challenge has been to infuse simple stick figures with a particular feeling, shaping how they live on the canvas. And as basic and childlike as these figures appear, they somehow communicate in a universal language. They somehow manage to touch others, very deeply at times.
I've been thinking a lot about simplicity lately, thinking about the small things that truly matter, and those moments in time that really put things in perspective. Life doesn't have to be complicated. We don't have to chase some imaginary ideal in our minds or constantly grasp for more. That pursuit can be exhausting and we might just miss something precious lying right in front of us. Thank you to all who have connected in some way to the Earthlings. That connection is why I love making art.
Anna Horsnell SCA
Canadian painter of contemporary abstract art