always, we begin again (2023)
This was the first painting to emerge, and is a clear transition piece from the trees of my previous series to the open landscapes which subsequently unfolded. I had no idea what was going to happen on the canvas and started to feel despondent when I found myself smearing an abstract mess of thick paint over the surface. I was thinking about my mother and felt emotional – I was asking for her creative help – and I started to massage the thick paint as if it was mum’s back and shoulders. She used to love the massages I gave her and this therapeutic movement of my hands within the paint gave me some peace. Deep ridges started to form in the wet material, I reached for black paint (which I never use!) and a tree began to grow.
Always, we begin again is the title of a book that mum had two copies of, describing the philosophy of the Benedictine monks, and encouraging the mindset of hope and self-forgiveness.
This painting is about renewal, hope and nourishing the deep roots of love.
Part of my solo exhibition 'returning to the source' at Wallace Gallery, Morrinsville during March 2023.
- 1220 x 762mm
- acrylic paint on canvas
- semi-gloss varnish
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