I've lately been using the idea of flight and wings as symbolism in my work, and this piece continues that trend. Depicting a solitary winged figure, standing ready but unable to fly due to her tangled wings, this painting explores all the things in life that hold us back from soaring towards our dreams. I decided to use text to further illustrate this point, with words and expressive lines combining to create a minimal, poetic surrealism. The text in the upper right corner reads "little did I know the precipice would become my home because these timid wings of mine mean that I have only teetered Never flown"

- Sumner Crenshaw

Tangled Wings

Oil painting on stretched canvas
Finished black edges
Ready to hang

Signed on back

24" h x 24" w x 1" d
2 lbs. 0 oz.



Sumner Crenshaw
Frederick, Maryland

Getting to Know Sumner

Sumner Crenshaw infuses her work with movement, lines and varying degrees of color. She currently lives in Maryland and finds inspiration in the work of Salvador Dali. Her goal is to keep exploring the minimalist, narrative surrealism she's been moving toward.