As you may have already guessed, I love Art! I love the concept of it, the process of it, the mystery of it and I especially love the magical moments that reveal themselves to me when I truly let go and create with wild abandon. Art offers me a sanctuary to be present, get quiet and return home. It also helps me move through times of sadness or grief.
There have been moments these past few years where I have wondered if my weary heart can take anymore. There have been equal amounts of success, joy, happiness & heartbreak. I feel like I have been tested over and over again- my beliefs, my level of trust, my faith in the dreams I hold, my faith in people, my concepts of what family is, of what success is, what this life it is all about… At times my mind has been left spinning. There has been SO much love and SO much loss.
What keeps me grounded and continuing forward on this incredible journey are a few things; my beautiful daughter (love her to the moon & back), my amazing father (my rock), my wonderful friendships (totally blessed), sitting by the sea (peace restored in seconds), exercise (my great release), my spiritual beliefs (thank you Universe, Oprah & Hay House!!) & of course the joy of creating art (totally hooked)
I once read a quote about how the height of our happiness is in direct proportion to the depth of our sadness. I’ve thought about this on and off over the years. For some reason it makes me relax and sink into the knowing that everything will be ok. In the depths of my sadness I have felt the murmurings of my hopeful heart advising me gently that this too will soon pass- the sun will come out and shine again, the moon will rise & the tides will turn. Change and growth is inevitable.
I am not always sure where this deep well of hope comes from but I am ever so enchanted and grateful that it arrives. I get the sneaking suspicion that hope is a derivative of Love. It is the way Love draws us back in with open arms, away from fear, away from loss and away from sadness.
Love is the biggest driving force in my life and in my art. It invites me to show up, be present, stay curious, remain open and trust. It is Love that helps me to heal & allow light to flood any areas of darkness or resistance. It also the instigator to celebrate the many blessings that are forever present.
It has only been recently that I have reintroduced and almost 'come out of the closet' when it comes to adding heart shapes into my art. I was once told by an art teacher in highschool that my ideas were ‘trite’. It haunted me for years. Now as an adult I embrace the intention behind my art which is in it's truest essence is heartfelt. Therefore, hearts are more than welcome these days!
I have come to learn that 'Love and Loss' are two present forces in life. They go hand in hand. They can be great catalysts for creative ingenuity and a vehicle to express our unique stories. People often ask what type of Artist I am. I sometimes stumble. Some of my artworks are pure Abstracts and others more intricate Soul Art using layer upon layer of papers, paint, beads and imagery. At the centre of all of my work is the common denominator of LOVE- a desire to share what is in my heart and a hope that my art may inspire or touch the lives of others along the way.
What is it that lights you up? I am giving you full permission to follow your bliss today, if even just for a few precious moments.
Some Love themed Artworks available for purchase...