Nancy Leachman Stoller



Triune Pear

Watercolor and ink on paper


My favorite aspect of this piece is that I painted it for my women’s spirituality class as an exercise. The prompt was, “Describe your spiritual journey.” The result was Triune Pear. I’m told that stories can be “thin” or “thick” depending upon the layers of meaning and symbol. Triune Pear is, for me, a “thick” painting.


My journey as an artist parallels my journey as a spiritual person. Both have been about the tension between the light and the dark, and about letting go and trusting. In this painting, there are places where the foreground and the background are mingled. When I recognize that in myself, I know I am one with the Ground that supports me.