Art in the Foyer for January and February, 2018: “Illuminations” by Melody Croft. Artist Statement: The paintings are a group of portraits that I have coined: Illuminations. A painting begins with someone I have seen whose appearance, character, situation, or personality interests me and then slowly transforms into a narrative. My portraits become “illuminations”. Using newspaper and magazine print, I include poetry excerpts to accomplish two goals: first, to enhance the overall image and second, to introduce the viewer to the person in the portrait. The various colors, sizes, and fonts of each letter add to the visual dynamics of the overall painting. The poetry illuminates the portrait: adding meaning to the image, which provides the viewer a way to connect emotionally and/or intellectually to the individual in the painting.