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.
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’.
I’ve always found it interesting to visit different places and meet new people. Once a conversation starts and I learn something of substance about a person or a place, I try to reflect on my initial impressions and were they right or wrong.
This piece is a continuation in the series of looking beyond the obvious. Sometimes, it can be quite difficult to see beyond walls and barriers, only catching a glimpse of reality. What to trust? Were my first impressions positive or negative? Were they accurate? It really depends on what is permitted to be seen.