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Original - 30" x 22" (76.2cm x 55.9cm)
Private Collection

"Unmasked Joy" by Linda Southern © 1991
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Artist's Notes:

The inspiration for this painting started with a watercolor class in Houston. I entered a store to purchase an object required for the class and an African mask caught my attention. I was saddened by the expression of the eyes, appearing open but not seeing. It was beautifully carved in wood on the outside, yet hollow on the inside.

As I was painting this subject, I realized that the mask was a visual symbol representing experiences and influences “carving out my life”, ie, masks worn trying to be all things to all people. This insight began an inward journey in which I desired to let Christ Jesus show me whom HE had made me to be. The sadness of the original perception became joy in the discovery, so I named the painting, “Unmasked Joy”.

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"Unmasked Joy" Collector's Print

Paintings by Linda Southern

Architectural A View of Venice II  •  Capitol Decisions  •  Illumination's Gate
Morning Rose  •  Washington's Jewel  •  We The People
Iconography 4 Liberty  •  Face 2 Face  •  Unfinished...
Freedom's Price  •  The New King  •  En Guarde
Daddy's Boy  •  Venice Beauties  •  Shattered Opposition
Striving After Wind  •  Unmasked Joy  •  Fantasie Impromptu
Nature Autumn's Magnolia  •  Christmas Magnolia  •  Lilies of the Valley
Mexican Summer 1  •  Reflected Glory  •  A Memorable Fragrance
Glass Roses  •  Sunlit Serenity
Monuments Parisian Dreams  •  La Tour du Gardien
Lest We Forget  •  Mourning Dove
Gift of Liberty  •  The Silent Sentinel

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