Forever and a Day

On the easel
Forever and a Day



I painted this one as a memorial for a friend who’d lost his brother. The sea of forget-me-not’s represents the myriad of a lifetime of memories together. The depth of the water underneath represents his brother’s love of the ocean. The five seedlings represent grace, and new beginnings. There are 15 open flowers, the number 15 represents rest.

Selah.

Size: 90cm x 90cm
Painted: Live at Creative Hearts Art gallery, Gold Coast Queensland, 18-19th February 2020

Phoenix

On the easel
Phoenix


I feel the word is HOPE rising from the ashes. This is the first canvas I painted for 2020. Began before “City on Fire” and finished after, it is a partner to the story. It is the sequel to Australia’s bushfire crisis.

Bursting from the flames, regenerated, reborn: the life cycle begins again. At times we feel beyond the ability to recover, but the human spirit finds a way. There is always a new day rising. The ancient mythical phoenix symbolizes the innate nature of humanity to rise above diversity. Hope is our most valued treasure.


Size: 140cm x 77cm
Medium: Atelier and Matisse acrylics on professional canvas
Painted: 13/1/20 & 23/1/20 at Creative Hearts Art gallery, Australia Fair, Gold Coast Queensland.

Ice Cave

On the easel
Ice Cave



Our wrath provides a plethora of environments and atmosphere for sustaining life. Meltwater streams carve out remarkable labyrinths in glaciers. I stand in awe. At my feet in the ice cave is a sheer clear ice floor and I see waters teeming with life beneath me. This is an extraordinary time to be alive and appreciate the wonders of my planet.

As I was painting this in the gallery, a client visited and watched. He asked what I was painting and I replied that I did not yet know. He pointed out the tiny cave at the base of the steep ice crag and suddenly I could imagine the whole scene with an ice adventure unfolding. The imagination is magic!


Size: 60cm x 60cm
Medium: Acrylics on canvas
Painted: 18th January 2020 live at Creative Hearts Art gallery studio (using paint left from a class that I could not bear to wash away!)