The ‘Butterfly Effect’ is the theory that small causes can have a large effect on events. In essence, when a butterfly flaps its wings it can be heard around the world. Given these very ‘interesting’ times of COVID-19, a pandemic I sometimes things that were was more than 1 butterfly that flapped its wings. These times are a changing!
I created ‘Into the Light’ during the start of self-isolation relative to COVID-19. At first, the painting was dark, moody and quite frankly, somewhat depressing. It bothered me. Then I took a break from painting to consider all of the positives and benefits of self-isolation and the global pandemic. I choose to not fear the future, but to respect the situation and face it head on. Seeking the lighter side of things instead of the darker side. Am I worried? You betcha. Am I afraid? No way. ‘Into the Light’ reflects that transcendence.
As an artist, many people assume I would be painting. I’ve talked with many other artists, some are feeling stressed, others are relatively ‘ok’, all things considered.
My first priority was to cook. Lots of soups, stews, and everything in between and fill the freezers to the brim with home made comfort food. I found it the best way to provide non-verbal comfort to my family.
My second priority, was to help with the business of life. Whatever that may entail.
My third priority is to paint. I can now do that with ease knowing my family is fed and supported. Now I can focus on my art and transcend the need for physical exhibitions to on-line sales and commissions. I am getting ready, yet I am a bit slow. My first priority has afforded me the ability to manifest my thoughts and create something new. It is a journey.
Be well, be safe.
My painting ‘Her Inner Warrior’ was sold at this show. It was double-edged sword as it is truly one of my favourite pieces to date, along with ‘Eye In the Skye’.
I am honoured that one of my Chinese Brush Paintings with a Canadian theme has found a new home in the private collection of King Edward, Busoga Region in Uganda.
The painting ‘Going Home’ is very personal to me. A number of years ago, my adult daughter, and only child, was driving alone late one night in Canada’s far north. We were chatting on the phone when my daughter described a beautiful snowy scene that appeared as she was driving. She said it was so beautiful, but even the beauty of the land couldn’t keep her from wanting to ‘go home’. A mother’s silent tears fell and upon finishing our conversation I immediately started to paint the scene described, which is now ‘Going Home’.