Editor's Note Vol 5: Iss 1

This collection of work comes from a Group Health Writer’s Conference. Participants were asked to write for 10-15 minutes, creating a “Quick Write” piece to share with their group and with us. These short stories, told in a few minutes, tell stories deeply personal, heartfelt, and heartwarming; stories of becoming whole, finding self, finding home, and helping patients to become whole—emotionally if not physically. These are stories of loss and hope; stories of humanity. The images reflect that humanity: a flower from a loved one and a mother’s “worship flower,” a footstep in the sand, and more.

 We tell our stories and create images to express our human experience; we read stories and gaze upon art to share in that experience, to learn from the experience of others, and to revel in our own humanity. I hope you enjoy these brief revelries.

—Max McMillen, ELS

Water Lilies

Artwork, Volume 5; Issue 1

Water Lilies

12" x 12" oil painting on canvas 

“Water Lilies” is a small, 12" x 12" oil painting on canvas and was inspired by a water pond that I saw on a trip to the Getty Villa Museum in Malibu, CA.  I always choose subjects that have meaning and are from personal experiences. 

My paintings are of varied subjects, including landscapes and portraits, and are primarily created with oils and acrylics on canvas.  Composition, color, and light are of great importance to my work, and I would describe my style as “Impressionistic Realism.” I strive to view the world through an artist’s eyes and capture memories through an artist’s hands. 

I have shown my work at the Upstairs Gallery, the Malaga Cove Gallery, the Palos Verdes Art Center, and other smaller venues throughout the South Bay area.  I have had the good fortune to earn numerous ribbons, including first place and best-in-show.

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