A fresh blank canvas to me is as a poet puts pen to paper. The first touch of colour to the canvas is as the first words, beginning a journey to where, is unknown. It is a time to become lost in my own peaceful walk, freed from the darkness and struggles. Beside me, always, my faithful companion and personal trainer - Malaki my golden retriever. We begin the day with a walk to the park for exercise and good play. When we get back home he patiently waits as I brew the tea and set out my pallet. As I settle into my work his head rests comfortably and reassuringly upon my foot. Now I can get lost in a delightful way as I paint what comes to me...no plan, no pressure, and no right or wrong. Just letting out what is inside of me.
I paint in oil, and often like to put texture in my work. I am inspired by nature and its raw, true emotion. From calm, peaceful, welcoming and warm, to churning confusion, restlessness and everything in between. When I paint I step into a different world. I am there - seeing, touching, smelling, tasting and breathing it all in. Becoming a part of the vastness of it all. I feel alive and am often in awe of its beauty and power.