Hello & Welcome to my new Journal and Artsite. I am excited to be back on the Ethernet sharing my writings which I hope may be inspiring and interesting for you. I do not post entries on a regular basis however this is such a valuable practice for me. I allow myself to ‘free-write’ about things that really impact on me. I will use these pages to share my passion for animals and nature, and my transformative experiences through art. My paintings always give birth to a story for me and these I will also share with you.
Even though we live in different parts of the world, with different environments around us, we share the same sky; the same oceans, the same land and all are creature inhabitants. Perhaps some of what I say will resonate with you.
For now keep creative in your life.
Thankyou for visiting…Blaze
SOMEWHERE A SNOW LEOPARD LISTENS – oil & mixed mediums on Belgian linen
Regal and protective she sits with her cub. The story here tells me of life as ancient as the land reaching back into the snow capped mountains of time. Is the shadow her past or her future, her destiny or her ancestry. Her future undetermined floats on the waters of time. Will there be a future for her kind. Imploring she reaches out stirring me with her quiet reflection.
Inspired by stories told by friends who work with the Snow Leopard Conservancy, she is a part of a series of big cats paintings.
I created the cat large as life so that we, the audience, look up to her.Her home territory is Central Asia also the home of Buddhism, coincidentally where much of my symbolism comes from.
EMERGENCE – oil & mixed mediums on Belgian linen
This painting signified a pause in the restrictions of doing projects and a need to reconnect with my own creative process. Yellow, pink and turquoise created a starting point. My favorite colors, they help me connect with the feeling of beauty that I wanted to express in this painting. I knew it would be part of my horse project but had no idea what might evolve. I struggled to move forward feeling creatively blocked. I keep a beautiful hand-painted box for inspiring words and images. Opening the precious container of my inspiration, I knew it would hold a key to what was needed for this painting to flourish. Symbolically I painted a turquoise border around the image as though the box was open. There inside I felt the story take wings.
I found symbols appearing that had been present in earlier work, the stairway, the 7 moons, the eagle to mention a few. The winged horse was new. At the time I was reading about souls and reincarnation. Maybe there is a suggestion of this here. I do feel there is a birth in this. Or maybe it is the cycle of life-death-rebirth. This painting is always a catalyst for visitors to share their insights.
FOR THE LOVE OF LIFE – oil and mixed mediums on Belgian linen
If you have watched mares and foals you will know that although the youngsters gallivant around, when they touch base with their mothers there is always a deep affection between them, a display of unmistakable love between a mother and child.
I wanted to explore this feeling of love and how horses might express it. To jump into the feeling myself I need something to look at.
I found a beautiful image that spoke to every feeling I wanted to capture. I rarely use direct resource material but this image was exceptional and I had never painted a horse. I discovered it was the work of talented photographer Sande Elkins of Gray Horse designs. Thank you for permission Sande.
Painting my first horse was daunting. I knew that it would be the beginning of a new journey and that this painting would hold a message for me. As I dived into the canvas I felt a deep ordering within myself, a letting go. I felt the shapes come through even without looking at the photo. This process stirred up feelings of love, loving what I do and allowing the unique message of my subject to come through.
Hence the name for this piece.
REFLECTIONS – oil & mixed mediums on Belgian linen
Every lunch-time, in the balmy warmth of Vietnam in October, after morning chores were done, I would sit with the bears. A guest at the Animals Asia moonbear rescue centre in Tam Dao Vietnam, this was a gift beyond words for me.
This majestic moonbear would come to the window of the den, gaze into my eyes and make the ‘click click’ sound which seemed to be their form of communication. Something so ancient and knowing glowed in his eyes. So forgiving after the horrific ordeal of a bear bile farm.
I painted him several times but this image spoke most to me. Combining the techniques I used on murals I wanted to present the beauty and majesty of this guy, an ambassador for his kind. I asked AAF founder Jill Robinson how she protected herself from the heartbreak of seeing the condition of the bears she rescued. She replied that ’the bears rescued her everytime’. The recovery and joy in these rescued bears was palpable. They certainly reached out and grabbed my heart.