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Reflection,
Strength of Woman Series, Vol. VI

Reflection
Reflection
Strength of Woman Series, Vol. VI, original 24" x 36" oil on canvas by Ellen Rice, SOLD
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Limited edition of 500 signed, numbered archival giclées on PAPER signed in pencil by Ellen Rice over her embossed seal of authenticity in the lower margin of your print. Sizes given don't include margins. Framed sizes with margins will be larger.
Image Size: 20" x 30" plus margins including embossed area with signature and numbering. Price: $600
Image Size: 14.5" x 22" (standard size) plus margins including embossed area with signature and numbering. Price: $330
Image Size: 5.5" x 8" open stock gift size giclée to fit a standard 8" x 10" frame, signed and titled in pencil by Ellen. Price: $80
Limited edition of 50 signed, numbered archival giclées on CANVAS. Sizes given do not include margins. Custom sizes, oil embellishments and gallery wraps are available. Please call for more information. .
Image Size: Image Size for archival mounting on board or stretching on bars prior to framing: 22.5" x 35", signed & numbered in gold or silver ink within the image. This is the closest size to the original oil painting. Price: $1,000
Image Size: 20" x 30" plus margins, signed in gold or silver in within the image or in lower margin, your preference. Price: $800
ARTIST PROOFS: 10 to 15 signed, numbered AP giclées on fine art paper or canvas. Colors vary because these are genuine proofs. Each is one of a kind!.
Image Size: AP Image Size on Paper: 14.5" x 22" plus margins including embossed area with signature and AP number. Price: $400
Image Size: AP Image size on canvas: 14.5" x 22" plus margins. Signed and numbered in gold or silver ink within the image or in black ink in the lower margin. Price: $500
"Reflection"
Strength of Woman Series, Vol. VI.
by Ellen Rice

In quietness and in trust shall be your strength...
- Isaiah 30:15

This painting means more than I realized when I started it a few months ago. It was conceived as an idea that came in prayer several years ago, but recently was brought into painted form in an unusual way. I didn't look for a model or imagine the woman standing in the ocean as I've done with some of my other Strength of Woman paintings. A new neighbor posted a photograph of herself on Facebook that was almost exactly what I'd seen, particularly its feeling. Quiet times of seeking, peace, gentle reflections, hope, trust...new beginnings.

From the moment I put the original oil painting in my gallery to dry, it drew an unusually strong response. There have been lots of bright smiles and comments about how real it looks, and there have been teary eyes.

To many, the draw is the painting's beauty and peace. They love the light going through the wave and surrounding the woman and say they can almost hear the ocean and taste the salt air. Others identify with the woman. When the latter tell me their stories, uncannily they mirror the story of my neighbor - and myself a number of years ago.

The Bible passage above is what first spoke to me about Reflection. In some interpretations the work "hope" is used instead of "trust."

In quietness and hope shall be your strength. I like both interpretations and have come back to this verse many times over the years.

When I moved from the other side of the county to this one in 1994 after my husband of 28 years passed on, I spent countless hours on the deserted off-season beaches, thinking, seeking answers and most of all letting go. There's something about the ebb and flow of the tides that speaks to eternity, an eternity that exists now, that we are part of now and that we couldn't if we wanted to exist outside of, ever.

The vastness of the ocean points to a power so much larger than ourselves - a power that is also something we cannot exist out of. Here, at shore's edge, we relax, commune, let our thoughts flow where they may, soak in the sun and are renewed.

Like my other Strength of Woman paintings, this one seems to speak individually to people from the life experiences they are coming from. Amazingly, almost every woman who has responded with tears to this painting is a widow, often a sudden widow, just as my neighbor became, just as I did. Sometimes it still amazes me that brushstrokes on canvas can convey so much, and this is one of those times.

Bringing peace, joy, comfort, healing is the purpose of my women series. In truth, that desire is behind of all of my work. Somewhere the Bible says desire is prayer. A beautiful soul once advised me, "Ellen, always pray about what you're thinking while you paint. People will pick up on it."

I hope you get something you need from this painting, whether it's a happy reminder of calm beautiful, sunny days at the beach or a reminder of the fact that like the ebb and flow of the ocean, life is eternal, ever changing, so much larger than our limited human thoughts can conceive of, and each moment offers up new beginnings if we only stop and open our eyes to that which is all around us.


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