PRISCILLA CROSS, a self-taught painter, lives and works in Maine. In her paintings, drawings, and sculptures, Priscilla longs to depict the formless that shines through the formed. She has a deep connection to the spiritual aspect and approach to art. Over the past 6 years as a student of the Unseen Hand, Priscilla has been painting and drawing during our retreats. It is here that she can enter painting as a form of prayer and praise. “The Unseen Hand has nurtured me, known me better than I know myself, and provided sacred space for me to enter painting as prayer, my first and only love.” Priscilla has exhibited in various galleries throughout Maine and has illustrated and formed books of the writings of John Cross. Most recently, her work was featured as the cover art for albums by Battle Trance and Subtle Degrees.
In her own words:
“I long to depict the formless that shines through the formed. Modern physics tells us that mere watching brings particles into existence. When I watch well enough, the spirit has its way with me, and it comes through in designs which assemble themselves within and then gather into a new forming. I “sense after” the intention of the assemblage. I let my hand be guided by the inner eye. Hidden in the smear of paint is the loveliness designed of the spirit. It is only since I came to the Unseen Hand that a life sometimes comes through my hands and it seems as though the paintings literally have life in them.
I am following a movement, not leading, in the miraculous work of the Songs of Creation, in particular the Song of Genesis.
I do not have a thought in my mind about what might arrive. There are times when it is related distinctly and directly to the acupuncture treatment which is occurring. Each acupuncture point is a sacred place on our bodies and in our world, through which light can come. The Unseen Hand: A Gathering of Physicians, Artists and Scribes— the training has nurtured me, known me better than I know myself and provided sacred space for me to enter painting as prayer and praise, my first and only love.”