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Anne O’Hara - 2014 Mississippi Invitational Artist

Monday, December 22, 2014

“These works are some of the latest pieces in an ongoing series that I call “Hidden Treasures.” They are obviously nature-based, but are not straightforward renditions of flowers, leaves, and trees etc. They contain ambiguities manifest through the layering of images. As I draw, and they develop, more unexpected objects seem to appear and the viewer sees things that are not readily apparent at first glance. This, I hope, causes the viewer to look even harder and see even more “hidden treasures.” In the Baha’i Writings it says: “Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value. Education can, alone, cause it to reveal its treasures, and enable mankind to benefit there from”.

This statement guides me in life and is one important inspiration for my drawings. It is especially relevant to one who is a former educator. I learned that life was better and relationships stronger, if I made the effort to search for the good qualities in people, which, upon occasion, were hard to see at first. Often one has to dig down beneath the layers to find the treasures that will almost assuredly be hidden below.

The “Hidden Treasures” series is motivated by this sentiment. In keeping with the human experience, an in-depth study of the drawings should take you to another place. It is my hope that through the beauty of nature the pieces will make a connection both visually and spiritually with those who see them, leaving spirits uplifted and curiosity kindled.”

- Anne O’Hara

Learn more about the 2014 Mississippi Invitational.

Artwork credit line: Finding a Place of Peace, 2014, tinted charcoal, 40 x 32 in.