In late February I noticed that the high bush blueberry bushes which thrive in our peaty soil put out new growth. Their limbs are blood red with fine branching like veins.
That detail became transformed so that all the trees became blood vessels circulating out from the heart of the earth and during my walk the heart of my being became one with the great heart of nature.
That image became a part of me and has changed me as a person and an artist. The piece Hearts and Reliquary is a visualization of those feelings.
- Artist Statement from Art and Healing
by Barbara Gamin,
Three Rivers Press, 1999.