I feel very deeply for animals and life on this planet.
The best way I have of communicating this is through my paintings.
My paintings ‘talk’ to me.
Their eyes reach out and grab my heart saying WE MATTER!!!!!!
ART, ANIMALS and HEALING
Australian by birth, I am the outcome of a romantic liaison between the daughter of a Russian Tinker and an English adventurer in search of the ‘new’ world.
Fairytale stories from many distant places peppered my childhood feeding my yearning for travel.
Some of my earliest memories are also of magical animal experiences on our farm. When I was with these animals, time stood still and I would loose myself in their unspoken language, imprinting an indelible mark on my psyche.
These special encounters are the creative influences woven through my life and my art.
Subsequently, my journeys took me afar with long sojourns in San Francisco and London, plus a few years immersed in the romantic artistry of Europe.During my travels, I started my career painting fantasy finishes and murals on interior walls, learning to ‘paint on the job’.
Later in life when I began to paint on canvas, I sourced these techniques. I never ‘know’ what I am going to paint, rather, laying down transparent oil paint which gives me a place to begin. After ‘breaking the surface’ of the colour with brushes, cloth or other tools, I allow the patterns in the paint to guide me, discovering imagery within the layers. Thus the stories unfold as I watch.
I paint FROM the experience of connecting with them, soul to soul if you like, capturing their stories.
Today animals and art are my life. How to create a safer place in this world for animals? This question informs every aspect of my life and the choices I make. I am not perfect, but I feel I share a wound with animals who suffer and I want to do anything I can to help make the world a safer place for them.
On the other side I experience such joy and heartfelt aliveness when I am with animals, the world is put to right.
One of my passions is to support a small group of organisations that are sanctuaries for wild animals damaged by their interaction with humans.
I have had the privilege of spending time just ‘BEING’ with individual animals, something I would never normally be able to do especially with animals in the wild.
Several peak experiences changed the path of my life taking my connection with animals to a whole new level.
I now believe that an emotional connection with an animal —-particularly a wild one- is what most people need to truly care enough to want to protect them.
In the words of David Attenborough –
~No One will protect what they don’t care about,
And no one will CARE about
what they have NEVER EXPERIENCED.~
If we can’t envision a compassionate, kind world for animals, How can we create one! The world would be an empty canvas without them.
Thank you for visiting my Artsite. Keep creative – blaze
“Your art give me a sense the animals are looking back from a physical environment which we humans think belongs exclusively to us. You seem to propose that we are over stating our importance, that we are wrongheaded considering ourselves the top species. You are portraying the natural order as it really is, rather than the way our group ego has it reconstructed. …..
Your art is an honest voice of nature, correcting the story, showing us the error of our ways. As a human I am left saying to myself ‘please stop behaving like that, you are messing everything up.” ~ Mike