From the Artist - "Peace of wild things"

The title of this painting series comes from a poem by Wendell Berry, "The Peace of Wild Things". The "wild things" are those things not made by humans.  The symmetry of an ivy leaf, the perfection of a lily; all are things that come without the effort of man's hand. These years, I mark the passing of time by engaging in the seasons.  Each season is a ritual full of rawness, power and beauty.  Most of my paintings are made -or at least begun- outside in my suburban backyard where I can experience the full effects of God's creation.


My images are a direct response to what is going on outside.  I take in the plants, the trees, the air, the sounds, and all the elements of each season.  It is an emotional response that attempts more than a description of a place or a flower.  I create a visceral experience through mark making and gestural paint application.  


Recently, the paintings have become frenetic and I have resolved to let them have their way.


-Joyce McCarten


The Peace of Wild Things


When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.


- Wendell Berry

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We hope that you will be able to come see this exhibit in person (Open Fridays, 4-7pm), but we know these are strange times. If you would like to purchase any of the art from this exhibit online or schedule a private viewing please email arts@theincarnation.org.

  • The Big green

    Medium: Oil on Canvas

    Size: 30x40


  • after the Micro Burst

    Medium: Oil on Canvas

    Size: 36x48


  • Chasing autumn #1

    Medium: Oil on Canvas

    Size: 36x36


  • Chasing autumn #2

    Medium: Oil on Canvas

    Size: 36x36


  • Earthly delights

    Medium: Oil on Canvas

    Size: 36x36


  • early spring is complicated

    Medium: Oil on Canvas

    Size: 36x60


  • It's the berries

    Medium: Acrylic on Paper with Mixed Media

    Size: 65x22


  • shifting shadows

    Medium: Oil on Canvas

    Size: 32x48


  • summer day

    Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

    Size: 30x40


  • summer fields

    Medium: Oil on Canvas

    Size: 24x24


  • Fields of summer

    Medium: Oil on Canvas

    Size: 20x24


  • sun on my path

    Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

    Size: 36x36


  • The Ivy Presses Itself

    Medium: Oil on Canvas

    Size: 36x36

  • The tulips were late that year

    Medium: Oil on Canvas

    Size: 36x36

  • Winter rising

    Medium: Oil on Canvas

    Size: 36x24

  • pool

    Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

    Size: 12x12

  • Like cheap calico

    Medium: Mixed Media on Paper Mounted on Board

    Size: 12x14

  • UUU

    Medium: Mixed Media on Board

    Size: 11x14