There is Enough for Everyone 36 x 48 inches Acrylic on Canvas
My latest series of paintings is currently on show at Palette Gallery in San Francisco until August 31st. Opening reception on August 1st from 6-9 pm.
The paintings were based on the theme of food, so I took the idea and ran with it. I started off with the idea of Cornucopia.
The Cornucopia is a mythological symbol of plenty, nourishment and abundance. Educated in England, my first magical stories were from Greek mythological roots – But there are also many other stories from other cultures around the world that are seldom heard or understood, although the themes and lessons are similar, if not the same. I wanted to share a different story, one of those seldom heard.
I thought of women I have seen on my travels around the world in nations considered to be ‘developing’ or ‘poor’, who are surrounded by the bounty of the market. The color, the smell the sounds of these places always conjures in me a feeling of abundance and joy.
‘There is Enough for Everyone’, emerged as the theme for this series of paintings. Give gratitude for all the abundance you have in your life. Think of ways you can share with others the simple things in life. We have the potential to nourish everyone.
‘Earthly Delights’ 40×60 inches, Acrylic on Canvas
As I start to paint my cast of characters for the show they ‘tell me’ the stories they wanted to share. In these turbulent times of mis information, the message of abundance, generosity, gratitude and community came through the work.
‘Mint Tea’ 36 x 48 inches, Acrylic on Canvas
From these figurative large scale portraits I was inspired to make another series of paintings called Offerings. The Offering series had another story to tell – straight from Mother Earth herself. She wanted to let me know that she is dying to share her abundance with us… literally.
We need to take heed of our planet and its capacity to feed us: thirsty and polluted she cannot provide the nourishment we need to survive.
The message of the Offering paintings was “give back to your community – share some of the profits from this art with groups that are working toward benefiting us with knowledge and resources to steward and take care of the earth.
Please help me to get the word out to folks who would love to have these artworks in their restaurants or homes and let’s raise some funds for a worthy cause. Feel free to share this post with folks who you think would be interested.
I look forward to seeing you at the reception on August 1st.