Artist bio

My name is Kendall Barthelmy and I'm from St.Lucia in the Caribbean. I am someone who finds identity in a few things which have been part of me, for a while now, some from a young age; My knack and passion for the arts, my love for nature, adventure and the outdoors, and last but not least, the pursuit of my faith in God & Christ. These even have various opportunities to intertwine, which is amazing. I have loved visual art in particular from the time I was a toddler, drawing my favourite cartoon characters-which themselves were created by artists. These formed a great part of my childhood and my art was a vehicle to carry these memories onward. As time moved on, I augmented my drawing with painting, digital painting, and most recently photography-which then made me curious about video. It can be very challenging at times without proper equipment, especially since recently getting into it, but it has been a great adventure so far and I hope to continue along those lines. Photography and video link well with my adventurous spirit because I love documenting my thrilling adventures and exploring and so adventure gives rise to me practicing them both. The Almighty is part of why I love nature also, apart from it being fun and thrilling. The way nature is set perfectly before us is just something I cannot get enough of, and then to know that this creator seeks covenant with us is amazing. Moreover just as God creates, he has given me a talent to create, while enjoying his creation, which is why I love how these converge, and I just want to keep on the up, using my talent to glorify him as number 1.

Title

Fight Right

Medium/Genre

Painting

Artist Statement

This was my first time attempting a diptych. It's an oil on canvas piece. The process to arrive at my final decision was one featuring much planning. I sat doing various sketches of ideas that I conceptualized concerning how I would express the battle. I know I wanted to work with contrasting the flesh vs the spirit, but I went through a few sketches and weeks before arriving at the idea of a diptych . I had never done one before. I had only seen them; diptychs, triptychs and so on and they always looked very nice, and because contrast was my method, I decided to try it out since 2 panels would emphasize contrast very well. I sketched out my idea on the canvas panel and then applied a base layer of acrylic paint to block out the shades and highlights and such. I then applied a layer of oil paint and then some final touch ups.

How it fits into contest

This piece is a diptych (a 2 painting set) which is inspired from the battles mentioned in Ephesians 6:10-20. It's also a self portrait, which makes me recall my own situations according to the verses. Concerning these 2 battles, on one hand, we often wrestle against flesh and blood and put a lot of time into the treasures of this life. We are often pulled to live according to the flesh, which are the fiery darts Satan throws at us, as shown at the top of the painting to the left. The battle of flesh is signified there as well with the image of myself in a heated physical tussle, symbolizing the wrestling against flesh and blood. On the other hand (the hand in which God wants us to be) in the painting on the right, we can refocus and fight against the devil and his schemes and we must do so by living in the spirit, which is what my prayerful state signifies. Also, the fiery dart of schemes which the devil uses to distract us and tempt us to fight the wrong battles, is broken, and its fire quenched. This right half of the painting also signifies being strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might, and not relying on physical strength as the painting on the left signifies. The fiery dart also serves a secondary purpose- to guide the viewers eye from one painting to the other, as this is the direction that is sought; moving from fighting according to the flesh toward fighting spiritual battles. Other verses also inspire this diptych as the contrast between the 2 paintings highlights the admonition from verses like 2 Corinthians 10:3, Romans 8:6, Galatians 6:8, Galatians 5:16 and Romans 13:14, to walk according to the spirit and not the flesh. The right half of the diptych also pulls inspiration from James 4:7 and 1 Corinthians 16:23, which encourages us to submit to and stand strong in God while not giving place to the devil.

Credits

Myself- Kendall Barthelmy
Photographed the images for the 2 paintings
Sketched then mom out and applied subsequent coats of acrylic and then oil paint.

Danic Duplessis and Racquel Preville
- posed with me with their hands wrapped around my head and neck in the photograph for the first half of the diptych.

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