I haven’t painted anything for 5-6 months….life has been difficult. My daughter had major surgery in December and is due for some final surgery soon. My mother also passed away early in the year….so there’s been a lot to deal with.
This week I felt inspiration rising again, after this great period of grief and distress, and have been able to take up the brush.
I started 2 works and have completed one, dealing with memories of the Australian summer and the powerful presence of the light and colour experienced in our coastal areas. “Byron trilogy: water, sky, beach” features dominant colours of yellow and blue, and spontaneous brushstrokes reflect the immediate experience of the coast at Byron Bay: the ocean and beach in vivid hues. It’s a joyous expression after a personal time of turmoil.
At last I’ve completed “Another underwater world; a cenotes, Yucatan”. I wanted to capture the mood and spirit of these places….I’ve never visited the Yucatan but have seen images online of these amazing fresh water pools, created by water flowing through limestone. The pools arecrystal clear and were revered by the original indigenous peoples of the peninsula. I felt very moved to paint my own impression of such places, and am pleased with the result. I hope it inspires viewers to appreciate the beauty we have on this planet, and to respect these special places….maybe to even visit and experience their pristine nature. In fact, what I like my art to do is to help people connect with the natural world and deepen their appreciation of it…this is one of my personal aspirations.