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Process of an Artist

Creativity never ends

This section of my website is truly my favorite. It's a place where my hard work, concepts and ideas can be shown and enjoyed. This is where things that I make reside. Books, quilts, signs, photos, film, drawings, you name it, I've probably tried it. I think the one thing I have taken away from all of my art education is that the creative process never ends. We continually reinvent ourselves and our ideas and evolve into the beautiful creations we were meant to be. So enjoy some of these collections, and let me know if I can help you find a piece for your home. 



And Yet Again

New works by Angela Pitts

Artist in Residence, Spring, 2019


Artist’s Statement

This body of work studies the circular cycle of grief.  Our lives revolve around circles. The circle of life, the seasonal calendar of nature, the patterns of growth, pruning, deepening of roots and back to growth again.

Grief, in our culture right now, is solely named when tragic events occur in someone's life. We rush when tragedy strikes to aide those in pain and try to hurry the process of restoration so we can quickly check off the task of helping. When it's our turn to endure tragedy, we quickly cope, or more often then not, numb our pain so we can rush to say "Oh I'm doing well, thank you." While grief is definitely all consuming during the big losses in our lives, I started to notice just how much pain we might endure each day with both big and small challenges. I recognized the various trials in my own life and no matter how small, the curiosity of my own journey inspired this work.  

            In the book of James, chapter one, verse two through four, it states, "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing."

Why then do we shy away from grief? Yes, it is uncomfortable, raw and filled with emotion, however feeling those intense emotions and experiencing vulnerability is the path to true growth and freedom. With each work, I'm asking the viewer to reflect on the trials they have experienced or are experiencing now. What would your journey of trials look like if we were able to view it from above? Those dark days next to light days would be beautiful as we look at the map of life.

I was able to slow down as I began this work, and plan to complete many more pieces that investigate the individuality of each phase of grief, from numbness to broken to marked and complete. Our stories are important, and without love there would be no grief. Taking time to reflect the growth that has occurred though the trials may be dangerous, but it's worth the risk.




Luci Shaw

            Song Lyrics included from Love Remember, by Malcolm Guite


Our prayers break on God like waves,

And He an endless shore

And when the seas evaporate 

And oceans are no more

And cries are carried on the wind

God hears and answers every sound

As he has done before.


Our troubles eat at God like nails.

He feels the gnaw of pain

On souls and bodies. He never fails

But reassures He'll heal again,

Again, again, and yet again.


 Completed Series and Works