More than paint: Hand of God

July 24, 2018

Every painting artist Sue Layman Lightman creates tells a story. The Downtown Memphis art gallery owner uses empowering brilliant colors and daring geometric shapes to express her inner thoughts and feelings. The result? Beautiful contemporary masterpieces like “Hand of God,” which was one of the very first oil paintings that Sue ever created.

“This is one of my paintings from when I transitioned into using a bigger canvas. It was very scary for me. I painted this in a bright red. I was not familiar with color so I thought I had made a terrible mistake. I got white paint and toned it all down. Now, color is my friend, but it was a terrifying concept at the time. It was in a time when paintings were mild and rather colorless.”

Memphis artist shares meaning behind abstract painting

“The meaning of this painting is extremely special. See hand extending down from the top of the canvas? It represents the hand of God. Glory and love are flowing from God’s hand on the flowers that represent people. The taller the flowers, the closer they are to his glory and love, which is what is falling on all the flowers. On the right, there is one big flower pod that is overflowing with seeds of love and the glory of God. The pod filled with this love and glory is spilling over on the new little flowers at the bottom of the painting so they can grow in God’s love and grace. This is truly the divine radiance and overwhelming love of God.”

Curious about this piece? Give Sue a call today at 901-409-7870 to schedule a time to tour the Downtown Memphis art gallery and see “Hand of God” (and many more abstract paintings!) in person. And, don’t forget that Sue is open for South Main Trolley Night, which is held the last Friday of every month from 6-9 p.m.