“Like sweeping the floor or doing the dishes, painting is a daily meditative act that allows me to better live and appreciate my everyday life,” notes artist Colby A. Sanford (BFA ’18) on his website.
Growing up in Provo, Sanford loved to use his hands like his father. He drew and sketched as a child but leaned toward ceramics as he got older. Later, when he moved to China with his wife, Alicia Sheffield Sanford (’15), to work in a ceramics factory, Sanford turned to painting.
One summer while visiting Provo he had a successful backyard show of his art and realized he could make painting a career.
Sometimes paired with short poems, Sanford’s paintings are figurative and focus on his own experiences and relationships—chiefly with his wife and daughters. He seeks out the momentous inside of a moment and the not-so-ordinary in the ordinary: “It is between the strands of my wife’s hair when electrified in late afternoon light or nestled deep in the knit stitch of my daughter’s faded periwinkle blanket that I find my brightest moments of inspiration.” Find more of Sanford’s work at colbyasanford.com.
Done and Undone
Who is to say
done and undone,
full to the brim or
finishing up or
just beginning to run?