Walls that Unite – Hope

Whitney C. Brock
Oil on panel

HOPE is the emotion of change and inspiration. This piece exposes the wonder and awe that is innately expressed by innocent young minds.  Hope is nurtured by knowledge that grows into progressive actions that can ultimately impact the world.   HOPE is embracing change together with a positive acceptance that the future is our responsibility. The eyes in this piece were painted to capture the viewer into the moment of wonderment that in turn creates a link from the past to the future that has the possibilities of being magic. A magical mindset fosters creativity, community and HOPE.  

This mural is dedicated to Owen Schultz. He lived the definition of HOPE and gave it out generously. I trust this mural will continue in his spirit.

Whitney C. Brock has been an artist most of her life, from winning her first art competition in the 4th grade (she still has the little ribbon), to being collected around the world. She was born in 1967 in Maryland but almost immediately moved to NY, then to Missouri, Hawaii, New Zealand, and finally landed in Virginia, where she married and raised a family.

It is evident that the natural wonders of some of these places have inspired her work in river rocks and shells, and her exquisite way of communicating this through large-scale oil paintings is experiential. In addition, she has recently found a new passionate challenge in figurative and portrait work. Painting the figure has opened up new intrigue for Whitney with the stories they tell and the moments in life they share. She now calls herself the 2 easeled artist.

Whitney attended Virginia Commonwealth University Art School, but feels her actual foundation for art is self taught. Through honing her draftsmanship she has won countless prestigious awards nationally and has been featured in International Artist magazine twice. In addition to having 2 pieces acquired by the Carilion Medical Center’s public collection, Whitney’s paintings are in many private collections worldwide.

Teaching privately keeps Whitney in touch with art academia, and writing a column for the RLA gives her an opportunity to serve others. Her support for the art community is evident in her involvement with Oil Painters of America, International Guild Of Realism and the Portrait Society Of America. She is currently represented by LinDor Arts, The Little Gallery in Roanoke, VA and Stellers Gallery in Jacksonville FL, in addition she has steady commissioned projects.

Walls that Unite is a joint project of the Roanoke Co+op, the Grandin Village Business Association, and the Roanoke Arts Commission’s Art in Place program..