Spring and Summer Sunshine
A collection inspired by a wonderfully sunny and long spring merging into summer with all its bursts of colour and blossoms and flowers.
Smoke & Mirrors
Magicians use smoke and mirrors to create grand illusions. The phrase is used to describe something used to make you believe something is true, when it is not. How much of our life is smoke and mirrors. How much of what we tell ourselves we need to be happy do we truly need? And are we really happy, once we have it? Do the mansion, the four wheel drive car ensure happiness? Or is that just an illusion we tell ourselves? Could any house be a warm and welcoming home? Could a beat-up old car provide a sense of freedom to go anywhere? In fact, does not true happiness lie elsewhere? In the love, trust and support of a true friendship, in the loving warmth of a hug, in the indescribable magic of a sunset.
The paintings reflect glimpses of yourself back at you, obscured by both vivid colour and movement as well as by decay of the mirror itself. You are forced to make an effort to see the true you beyond the pretty patterns. A reminder to analyse your life closely - how much of it is smoke and mirrors, an illusion distracting you from your true happiness? Have you lost focus of what really matters to you?
The Germans have a saying that literally translates as fish scales falling off from one’s eyes. It means to suddenly shed the blinding scales that distort reality, so to speak, and to open one’s eyes to the truth. The current pandemic has brought many such eye-opening moments to many people. Individually and collectively society is undergoing a metamorphosis from one where material wealth and an amassing of resources was considered important, to one where human connection, kindness and personal freedom are valued above all.
Everyone around the globe is affected and we are in the middle of far-reaching transformation. This time is a wonderful opportunity to direct the change and make sure that our new world becomes something beautiful, just like the chrysalis that becomes a butterfly.
Magical moments that resonate inspired by travels around the world as well as by what I find in the streets and alleys of Vancouver.