Drawing Closer by Kathryn Fincher
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Drawing Closer by Kathryn Fincher ~
HEBREWS 10:22a "...let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water."
A young friend of artist
Kathy Fincher, Hannah Hulsey, was the inspiration for Drawing Closer. The photo shoot for this painting was taken when Hannah was 7 years old; today she is in high school. For many years this photograph sat in the artist’s file titled “ideas to paint” with a working title “My Diary.” Fincher decided that although this image was not on her painting schedule, she simply wanted to paint it with the focus being on prayer journaling.
As the painting progressed, a kitten, Bible, golden cross, and quilt were added to the original photograph. The title “Drawing Closer” was adopted to include a broader vision of the many aspects of drawing closer to one’s faith. Today, Hannah continues to intimately “draw closer” in her Biblical knowledge, creativity, wisdom, companionships and faith.
“Drawing Closer” celebrates not only Hannah’s developmental achievements, but also the priceless lessons that children discover by learning, sharing and expressing their faith.
About The Artist
Kathryn Andrews Fincher says that painting is not only her profession, but also her passion, and portraying children and their fascinating expressions has become her consuming inspiration.
Although a student of art since her teens, Fincher was in her early thirties before painting replaced professional water skiing as her career. (She was once the number-two-ranked trick skier in the nation.) Fincher’s mother, a portrait artist, continually encouraged her daughter to paint faces, which seemed to work in contrast to the young painter’s desires. Fincher commenced her painting career with a primary focus on wildlife and landscapes; however, after she painted her first child’s face in the image titled "First Look”, the artist had found her niche.
As the artist explains, "Children, with their many discoveries and expressions, and their constant developmental changes in the very early years, are a wealth of visual stories…I fall in love time after time with the faces of my own children and those of family and friends.
"When I discovered that one little shadow or slight change of the angle in a child’s mouth could change and entire expression, I was hooked,” admits Fincher. "I’m not interested in painting unrealistic, perfect children sitting up straight with their knees together, but rather that moment when a child is consumed with studying something or on the brink of a new discovery.”
Fincher’s goal is to avoid painting the obvious. It is the expressions on children’s faces when they are on the brink of experiencing something new that the artist strives to capture. Even the wonderment of viewing life in different forms – such as insects and fish – can be fascinating. "I love to tell stories, and what better avenue than through the face of a child,” says the artist.
Upon close observation, you will find inspiration n each of the artist’s captivating images. Her children will touch you and give you the opportunity to return to that spirit of youth and innocence each of us so fondly remembers.
Kathryn Andrews Fincher resides near Atlanta with her husband, Jeff, and their two daughters.