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30 Days Challenge Final Day

Author // Geoffrey Butz Categories // Figurative, 30 Paintings, Painting

Martha Butz

30 Days Challenge Final Day

This is my final day of the challenge. This is Martha Butz my mom. Martha passed away in 2004 after a life long Lung condition. Breathing for her was a struggle her whole life and the last 20 years were especially hard. My mom was an over acheiver and she approached life with full force. For me she was one one of the most influential people in my life. She was an artist, and I always thought that I have the best traits of both my Mom and Dad. She was the one that at a young age saw some tallent in me and sent me to art class at the age of 8. We have always shared this interest and when I was at Art Center we shared the same studio. I have always felt that part of her was always living in me. When I graduated from College in 1994, my quote was "As an empty canvas waits before the painter, it thinks about the beauty that someday it will become… I am simply an empty Canvas and Jesus is the master painter and the Holy Spirit is the brush in which he paints." This is from "the Empty Canvas" by John Michael Talbot. I later discover after she died that this too was her life song. I wasn't able to make her funeral because I was in emergency surgery, and my grieving process was cut short. I moved her art studio to Wisconsin, and the easel and desk that I use is her's. I feel like she has handed me the torch, and that she is the closest to me when I paint. There are so many ways that the people in heaven can reach us and show us they love us and for me this my painting. I really owe her everything, because without her I probably would not have been an artist. She is the person I dedicate my art too and my art is her legacy.

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Geoffrey Butz

Geoffrey Butz

Geoffrey Butz is an artist who has been painting for over 30 years. He graduated from Art Center College of Design with an focus on Illustration. He has a been a freelance Graphic Print and Web designer for 15 years.

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  • Kathryn

    Kathryn

    11 October 2015 at 02:29 |
    Geoff, I am so very proud of you in so many ways. As proud as I am, your Mom is a million times more proud of the incredible person, husband, father, son, uncle, brother that you have become. The portrait is so beautiful. Your words too were beautiful to read. Isn't it funny that I listen to Empty Canvas every night as I go to bed???
    Any way, I love you and wish we lived close, but you are always in my heart!

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  • Anthony Minarcik

    Anthony Minarcik

    11 October 2015 at 13:50 |
    Geoff, Well done! Knowing your mother was a gift.

    "Not even the cords of death can break the bonds of such deep rooted fellowship, forged and sustained by blood and love. What a blessing to experience such love, and to be afforded many lifetimes of memories and Joy. "
    Isaiah 26:3

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Anthony Minarcik

Anthony Minarcik

11. October, 2015 |

Geoff, Well done! Knowing your mother was a gift.

"Not even the cords of death can break the bonds of such deep rooted fellowship,...

Kathryn

Kathryn

11. October, 2015 |

Geoff, I am so very proud of you in so many ways. As proud as I am, your Mom is a million times more proud of the incredible person,...

Myke Rosenthal-English

30. September, 2015 |

Wow,that is brilliant.fantastic painting of Franz Xaver Seelos who was born in Füssen(Fuessen).Can I share this on the seelos in Füssen...

Geoffrey Butz

Geoffrey Butz

22. September, 2015 |

Thanks Ann, That means a lot. I haven't seen you and your family for a long time. We have good memories with you.

antonella

antonella

15. September, 2015 |

I AGREE with Ann!!!!

Ann Orosz

Ann Orosz

15. September, 2015 |

I'm so enjoying your artwork, Geoff! You are so talented!!

Ann (Bowen) Orosz

Antonella

Antonella

15. September, 2015 |

Geoff,
...did you know that, along with St. Therese, she was one of St. MAx's favorite saints? He speaks of her autobiography as a...

Geoffrey Butz

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14. September, 2015 |

I am sure that St. Max is smiling, I will look for her picture.

Antonella

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14. September, 2015 |

Do you want a picture of his Mom? Or rather you should have it in the archive I gave you....

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Antonella

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14. September, 2015 |

AWESOME PAINTING OF SATOKO!!!!! Hopefully soon Blessed and then Saint Satoko! One more MI Saint!

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