:: about the artist

moira ratchfordI paint because people need to be reminded of the small miracles in life.

During the long winter, when all is gray and barren, my paintings provide a burst of fresh color and a reminder that it is only a matter of time before the earth itself will warm and bring forth the bright green of spring.

The more we are cut off from the cycles of nature, cooped up indoors during our workdays, sometimes without even a window to look out of, the more we need these images.

Do you remember as a child stopping to take a closer look at a flower you’d never seen before? As a child, we have time to pause, to observe, to listen to the subtle sounds stirring beneath the drone of technology. … Children notice the subtle cues of nature.

So I try to see through the eyes of a child, where everything is larger than life and full of promise.

For a more in-depth account of my journey as an artist, here is an interview I did, which was featured in The Female Gaze: