Versea Bourdaghs
The Art of Hope
The Community of Hope Series
Versea's most extensive series, the Community of Hope project includes more than sixty paintings
created over the course of several years.  The works are brilliantly colored watercolors, some also
incorporating pastel and acrylic.  They are distinguished by a shared set of symbolic motifs:  
ascending spirit figures, stars, doorways, buildings, birds and fish, among others.  In 2005, Versea
described the series:

    After returning from a work group experience in Guatemala in 1997, I began to create
    strong-colored works based on my experiences there.  Based on the ideas of hope and
    community, I created a series I call Community of Hope.  Vivid red and orange colors
    and universal/spiritual symbols such as circles, doorways, windows, birds, ladders and
    the idea of “home”  convey meaning that moves beyond material reality. I want to
    express a soaring joyous hope.  I found this hope among a people who share a vision of
    them selves that is not bound by poverty, immediate political circumstance, hate or fear.
    What I see is a sublime dignified sense of self rooted in a deep sense of one’s dignity and
    a strong will to be self-determining.  This fosters a life of purpose, love, hope and
    community.  It frees the human spirit to soar and embrace life in a joyous “yes I can”
    reality.
Community of Hope #6 (1999)
Also known as
Mexico City
Watercolor, pastel & acrylic, 15” by 22”
Family collection
Community of Hope #7 (1999)
Watercolor, pastel & acrylic, 15” by 23”
Private collection
Community of Hope #1 (1998)
Watercolor and other media, 28" by 20"
Private collection
Community of Hope #33 (2001)
Watercolor, 27” by 29”
Family collection
Community of Hope #37 (2001)
Watercolor, 11” by 11”
Private collection
Community of Hope #38 (2001)
Also known as
The Seekers
Watercolor, 16” by 16”
Private collection
Community of Hope #53 (2002)
Watercolor, 11” by 14”
Family collection
Community of Hope #21 (2000)
Watercolor & pastel, 28” by 21”
Family collection
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