Painter Valerie Lloyd reflects on the diversity of roles that make up the project of 'work' in her piece reflecting on 2 Thessalonians 3:6-13.
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2 Thessalonians 3:6–13
6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. 7 For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; 8 Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you: 9 Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. 10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. 11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. 12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. 13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.
In this passage Paul writes to a new church about the necessity of work in their community. I focused on the liveliness of a group active among each other with their own individual talents and skills working together. By creating a composition using repetition and lively color, this work reflects on the necessary work that enriches our lives. These verses are active, enlivening and empowering to each person's value and necessary involvement to the greater whole. Ultimately, it is better to find joy and productivity in work.
Valerie Lloyd paints with both acrylic and oil on canvas and wood panel. She enjoys depicting still lifes into modern and simplified images, creating abstract paintings, and occasional works in an illustrative style. All three styles are often inspired by personal spiritual and metaphorical exploration. Valerie has remained a creative throughout her life, whether it be in her own work at home, as an art teacher to students of all ages, or commissioned design projects. She currently works as the curator for The Machine Shop creative workspace and gallery. She has a Bachelors of Arts and Education from Colorado State University. She strives to always inspire those around her in their creative endeavors and truly believes in the power of art to transform culture.