Color is how I communicate. Even in my earliest memories, color was the primary voice – it is no wonder I became an artist and love to paint. I believe a painting should make you feel something. I often look back at a series I’ve done and realize that I can “see” very clearly what was going on in my life at that time, in the lines and shapes, but primarily with the colors I used.
A painting should make you feel something
Sunny Stack Goode has always been an observer. Her mission now is to be a change maker by utilizing her artwork and ideas to inspire social change. She promotes relationship health by creating products inspiring organic conversations about love. These conversations lead her to The One LOVE Foundation, which she raises awareness for daily.
She is an entrepreneur and contemporary full time artist who holds a BA in Art History from Hollins University in 1990. Sunny also completed coursework in the physiological and psychological effects of color, through the IACC-NA in California.
In her own words, "Color is how I communicate. Even in my earliest memories, color was the primary voice – it is no wonder I became an artist and love to paint. I believe, “A painting should make you feel something, and leave you thinking”. I often look back at a series I’ve done and realize that I can “see” very clearly what was going on in my life at that time, in the lines and shapes, but primarily with the colors I used. I tend to paint in a series, working through an emotion, or savoring a feeling I get by painting a similar subject with different color variations. Painting brings me joy and also helps me through more difficult times in my life. I often think of it as my mental yoga. My hope is to create paintings that evoke an emotion, creates a feeling that gets deeper each time you look at them, and leaves you thinking."
Recently she started, LOVEVOLVE LLC. Using the knowledge of the physiological and psychological effects of color combined with the power of words, Sunny creates products from her art therapy art utilizing the word LOVE and EVOLVE.Her artwork is then printed onto products, primarily textiles, scarves and baby swaddles. Her interests lie in the intangible aspects of her work and the energy around the pieces. If you literally wrap an baby in a LOVE Swaddle, and send them home from the hospital with a very visual daily reminder of LOVE, and provide each family with healthy relationship guidance from The One Love Foundation, what are the long term social and emotional effects of this? This mission began September 1, 2020, at the HCA Henrico Doctors Hospital in Richmond, Va, where her three children were born 20+ years earlier. It will be fun to watch the effects. Sunny encourages all who are in the maternity world to join the LOVE Swaddle® mission. She often wonders if someone had done this 25 years earlier when she gave birth to her first child, what would our communities look like today?
“I have always used art as therapy, so making the visual connection with the love art to the emotional connection of relationship health feels very natural and serendipitous to me."
We believe one simple act, and awareness is the beginning of BIG change. Her work has been featured in publications such as Southern Living, Traditional Home, Coastal Living and The Washington Post. Sunny currently resides in Virginia with her three children, Presley, Whit, and Beck. Her original artwork can be found in private and corporate collections all over the country.
To learn more about Sunny, her artwork, and LOVEVOLVE, listen to "Wrapped in Love" by the Authentic podcast here.