It is Your Choice to be Happy
Choosing the joy in life can come in many ways. It can come from walking your dog in the morning as the sun comes up. It can come from just sitting at a cafe and enjoying the last few moments of warmth and sunshine before the winter descends upon us. It can come from having dinner with your partner after a tough day. Or similarly, it can come from going to the Theatre and absorbing a moment of beautiful classical music by the symphony. Most importantly, it can come from looking at beautiful piece of art in your home that impresses upon you the celebration of the moment. Art reminds us of the beauty- the moments that last briefly but can imprint upon our minds indefinitely.
Art reminds us of the Joy
Many who look at my work are engaged with the celebration of the Joy. This is due to the fact that people walk into my booth at an art fair and remark on the stories that I create as part of my work. Yet every story is about the positive. The looking toward the brightness of the day. The place you can walk into and revel in the colour, the patterns and the beauty. In the piece highlighted titled “She Walks on Pink Roses” a story is created about a cool day watching the world go by. The flowers are embedded in the figure and give the story a place of softness and comfort. A place to remind us to be in the moment and enjoy the day.
Counter the Negative
For a long time I thought that this type of work was too sentimental. That it had a shallowness that we see in our pop culture. Well I no longer feel this. In fact, I see my art as a counter point to the negative. We seem to now live in a culture full of the negative. Certainly there is an overwhelming amount of combative and the critical debate. Of course for social change to happen we need the critical. We need the empowered and the fearless to step forward. I am the first to support these actions. Yet what are the effects on our psyche? How do you insulate yourself from this?