‘Birds Fly In’ oil painting on display at University Hospital

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Birds first flew onto Ellie Harold’s canvases in 2016, appearing to her as intuitive messengers of hope and healing for troubled times. She paints intuitively to music, spontaneously, with no plan in mind and with as little thought as possible.

She sees the first marks of black calligraphy as the hint of a language revealing bird wisdom hidden beneath successive layers of color. She paints the white layer last, unifying all of the elements in the painting. Harold uses not only a brush, but also fingers, squeegee and oil sticks to capture the fleeting nature of birds. An ordained Unity minister, Harold aims for this series to inspire the discovery of inner solutions to difficult issues that have so far eluded resolution by ordinary means.

Check out her work for yourself at Michigan Medicine:

Where: Gifts of Art Gallery – University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1

When: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. daily through Aug. 28