I love this quote sent to me by my dear friend Tracey,
“Before I start painting I have a slight ambitious feeling; happiness is a special excitement because unhappiness is always possible a moment later “
Life’s little moments enlighten our existence. They remind us of why we are here and where we are going. They are a constant source of inspiration for my paintings.
To stop still for a while brings light to what the heart is ‘feeling’ other than what we are constantly ‘doing’.
How exciting it is to whirl paint around with all that feeling!!
I am fascinated with Michael Luenig. He is a genius at portraying ways of looking at ourselves. I re-read his poems over and over. They make my heart sing.
My love of farm life with husband and four children whirled its magic for many years within my paintings. It became a very popular source of inspiration. Those crazy blue cows, run away chooks and nervous looking sheep tell many stories.
We moved to the city and gradually the animals in my paintings merged into people, bright colorful people .Women mostly of all different sizes. The eyes in my paintings grew more inquisitive yet somewhat bewildered and lonely. They later turned to despair. People related to my stories, connecting with love, joy, happiness, unhappiness, heartache and perhaps the uncertainty of all of them. It grew exhausting though painting with such impetuous emotion. I stopped paintings for over two years.
I am back again now with new light on life. I am eternally grateful for all the love that surrounds me. My four beautiful children, my family, my friends … you are my eyes from which I see things.
I am loving working with new ideas, new colors and new discoveries ....Ahh, that slight ambitious feeling …
A special thank you to my parents for framing my paintings for so many years and continually being there for me , absolutely always and always.
AND thank you to Tracey my beautiful friend who has organized my new website and who has immeasurable enduring faith in me.
“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”