"Salt Marsh Peace" is number one in a series of seven oil paintings I am creating for the South Carolina ETV board room.
The salt marshes found up and down the coast of South Carolina are some of the most visually soothing places I have ever experienced. I love how the grasses act as a disco ball, reflecting a rainbow of colors as they dance in the breeze.
These winding and wide open spaces are more manageable to me than ever-churning water found at the beach. There is a gentle calmness about Salt Marshes which can sooth my often anxious mind. They dependably allow the tides to slip in and out every day, creating deep crags of soft movement.
In contrast to the visual peace of the Salt Marsh, there is an electric energy in the air which is created by all the millions of little creatures living in the mud. Unless you stop for a few minutes and look really closely, you may miss the hubbub of activity happening every day in this miniature world.
Why is a view like "Salt Marsh Peace" so calming to my soul?
It is more than just the beauty of a pretty landscape. It's the reminder to me that I am just a very tiny piece of an enormous world, all of which is controlled by the steady hand of God.
I am often heavily weighed down by the burdens of daily life. The Salt Marsh reminds me that I am not responsible for everything. It reminds me that there is a power much vaster than myself who is keeping it all running... even the world beneath the mud.