My incredible, thoughtful, loving husband recently surprised me with two of Kym Loc’s paintings, “Blessed” and “Courage”. When I walked into the room where the wrapped paintings had secretly been placed, I was so excited! When I opened them, I was beyond moved. After 20 years of marriage, my husband knows me quite well. Although he knew I’d love the paintings he had chosen for me, even he could not have known the profound impact they would have. Somehow, a person I’d only briefly met once, and whose art I had admired from afar, captured something so deep in my soul. I know without a doubt, Kym Loc is an inspired soul.
The first painting, “Blessed” came with the beautiful words, “Blessed are those who can give without remembering and take without forgetting”. This a very special representation of one of our most valued attitudes of heart in our life, marriage, family, and hope for how we can touch those around us. This painting is purposefully placed where everyone passing the threshold of our home will see it; a subtle, yet beautiful way of expressing our blessing on all those who grace our home. “Courage” was the second painting I unwrapped, and it has found its place in a slightly more private location, but one where I can glance up from my desk at any moment and take it in. With my first glimpse of “Courage”, I was instantly taken back to a moment when, much like what I see in the painting, a profound storm was raging in life. All the confusion, sadness, and darkness of circumstances, clashing and swirling, totally encircling me. Yet there I am, in the middle, bolstered by the light of healing and the calming, prayerful protection of others. And this I love…delicate blooms are beginning to appear and hold fast on the branches, representing how even in the worst storms of circumstance, something new and beautiful can develop bear fruit in my life. It’s all there, right in front of me, rendered through the skill and beauty of an artist’s hand! It’s unbelievable to me how this painting represents all that, and so comforting to feel that my soul is not alone in these journeys of life. Our circumstances and outcomes may vary, but we are grounded to the same potential for healing and growth. I feel this beautiful artist must understand that, and has a gift for expressing it in a way that few can. It is an honor to have her art in our home.
My sister, nephews & I were in Albuquerque in the fall of 2013. We were strolling through a street fair at a park on Central. When I walked by Kym Loc’s booth I had to pause… Something about her work just made my breath catch. The way she uses brilliant colors to tell a complex story in such an honest simple way truly left me speechless. I have a lot of art in my home as my mom is a truly gifted artist in water color and oils, so it’s not like I have a lot of open wall space, ha! But I just kept standing there staring at Kym’s work. As Kym approached me I could feel the tears threatening to spill, kind of a strange response I felt, but her work evoked a deep soulful response in me and to my embarrassment, I found my voice wavering as I tried to speak to her. She is quite a delightful character I must ad. But alas, I had vowed to spend no money on frivolous things on this trip and am true to my commitments. But her paintings did haunt my thoughts over the next few weeks. Then Christmas morning came… and my sister presented me with a precious gift, the very painting that had evoked such deep feelings months earlier was in my hands! My sister’s name is also Kim. Apparently she loves me a lot! The beautiful painting hangs beside my bed, it is the first and last thing that I see each day, and it never ceases to make me smile. That’s priceless!
God's Grace & Peace be with you.