What an adventure...to have a solo exhibition in New York was a dream. To see my work hung was enough but to sell all the paintings was the icing on the cake. This is not all the work I had in the show, they are on a disc somewhere in my studio. When I find it I will put the missing paintings up. The people at The Australian Consulate were amazing and so supportive as was David Rankin who opened the show for me, and of course there were so many others.....Thank you all.
This series of "Watery" paintings were completed after my mother died. They were a way to paint my way through my feelings. Water being closely related to emotion. Each painting is like a stage of grief but rather than these being sad paintings they were a beautiful way to feel the emotions that I was feeling and to allow them to float up to the surface and be released, just as the titles suggest.
Inspired by the writing of Joseph Campbell I set out to make a series of paintings that parallel that inner journey we all take when we set of into some unknown territory. That can be anything from a physical journey to a new experience be it a job or relationship. I loved working on this series as I had the delightful experience of listening to old interviews with the amazing Joseph Campbell who coined my favourite phrase "Follow Your Bliss"
I have always loved white paintings, white fabric in old masters and white mystical foggy photographs have something that appeals to me at a very deep level. So in 2014 I created a suite of paintings called Presence. The layers of gossamer like paint suggested to me the mysterious layers of energy that we are immersed in. There is so much around us that we do not see but we feel. These paintings are my to ode to that reality. I have also included a few other white paintings from other years mostly because I love to see them all together.