The Turua Gallery Tiny Works Exhibition opened last weekend and it was a fabulous night with so many beautiful artworks by an impressive stable of accomplished artists, represented by Turua Gallery in St Heliers. I was honored again to be included.
The opening was a great success. People spilled out onto the sidewalk in support of their favorite artists, and many of the works were snapped up immediately. I particularly loved talking to so many of the other artists that I admire greatly and also loved seeing my family and friends on the night.
I painted the two works above, for the show: Trans Tasman I and Trans Tasman II. The latter sold on opening night which was so lovely because I got to met it's new family. Trans Tasman Bubble I (at top) is available. See www.turuagallery.co.nz or my online store for details.
So a little about the paintings...
Those works are about our currently climate, or that of the uncertainty of our world right now. My family and I lived in Sydney for almost 16 years, and at the time of leaving there, this was over half my adult life. We were lucky enough to live in a very close community and I miss being able to get back there and visit our dear friends and the area we love. On the eve of the current Trans Tasman Bubble closures one of my dearest friends Kate and her family (one daughter of whom I am God Mother), were due to fly into Auckland for a long overdue stay. Needless to say that didn't happen. It is what it is. I'm so grateful that all my friends are well, and I'm so very grateful I get to express my emotions in paint, to bring a little bit of Aussie flora into our NZ Bubble so to speak, if only with a brush. Australia will always be in my heart whether it be under foot or across the currently very large ditch!
It's not too late to see all works in the show in person (or on line)- the exhibition runs until this Friday (yes that is 13th August, may it bring luck and goodness, make it what works for you).