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My Mission as an artist is to tell a story!
Express though my paintings, to reflect my emotion of my subjects as they embellished my memory.
As an artist, my paintings reflect what I see; the environment, the mood of the day, the animals encountered or the people met, their look or expression and colours, these all pave the way for my story.
The Painting of the Semi-Sleeping Lioness is called "Dreaming of a Feather-bed - Old Lioness. I met this beautiful creature many years ago whilst working in South Africa. She was a rescued cub that had been badly beaten by poachers, who had killed her siblings and all adults, she managed to hide - so her impression on humans must have been very terrifying. The ranger who found her, brought her back and with special care and love - she survived, but was unable to return to the wild. "Elisa2" (I called her that), was reared by this amazing human who gave her a new life - although not free, but as free as she could be. she was part of his family. I met her many times, and each time, I felt so privileged to be in her presence. I used to wonder on what she really felt, saved by a man, nearly killed by poachers, yet she was so gentle and loving! Her captive life was pretty good, plenty of food, love and play. and I am sure that she would never dream of a feather-bed!.
It is reported that Lions do not purr - well I do disagree with that statement - she did!
Scratchboard & Ink.
My Art, My Way
Art expression is a personal journey, it brings the viewer into a special place - it is the raw emotion and feelings of the subject encountered and the impact that event had on the artist - be it a human, place or animal. It may not be a prize winning artwork - but it is how this artist remembered the subject and that is why it was painted. It is from her vision and its about passion and emotion. Its all about really seeing the subject, the energy, place and environment - how it impacted on her emotion. Without art aids, but with her, pencil, brush, pen or blade - it is what she saw and recorded that special feeling, it is part of her life journey.