Recently, Sumner has been exploring the use of text in her paintings, adding poetry to accompany the message of the artwork. "This piece is about the loss we feel when thinking of times we can never return to - fond memories of people, places and spaces in time that life has pushed us away from," she says. In this painting, Sumner included the following original poem:
The wind wafts away my memories
As it waltzes through my hair
Oh how I wish I could tell it
"By my ears, just leave them there"
"I may be a crumbling colossus" I say
"Ozymandias beyond disrepair
But my memories are not your dust to breeze away
So by my ears, to whistle to my soul once more
By my ears, please just leave them there"
Artist Sumner Creshnaw paints grand expressionism with a delicate touch. She infuses her work with movement, lines, and varying degrees of color. A universal story resonates from her art with underlying internal narratives. She always captures a glimpse of transformation, growth, and empowerment. The stories she portrays help her subjugate personal trials. These visual metaphors help her find a voice. “It’s a valuable way to connect with viewers,” says Sumner. A constant search for inner understanding and peace has led her to a life of creative endeavors. Residing in historic Downtown Frederick, Maryland, she works from her home studio with her ever-present assistant, Hiccup the dachshund. When Sumner is not dreaming up her next painting, she’s outlining the next destination she can check off her bucket list.
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The piece is even more beautiful than I expected. I'm sure to love it for many years to come and can't wait to purchase another piece by Sumner Crenshaw. Please continue to create such breathtaking artwork.- F Wong