I am super excited to be exhibiting at Sydney’s “The Other Art Fair” next week in the Australian Technology Park at Eveleigh. I will be sharing a variety of pieces, but have been working very hard on my “Grow Where You Are Planted” series. I have created these artworks by compositing images taken in the past two years in and around Sydney. All of the subjects are Native Australian Flora and Fauna. Some of the artworks have 200 layered images in them…Here I invite you to take a close look. These are available as Limited Edition Prints. The large size is 40”x40”, edition of 10. The smaller size is an Edition of 20 at 30”x30”. Do you have a favourite?
I grew up writing letters. It was something my whole family did, and more than I even remember. I am one of six siblings and we were lucky to all suffer from wanderlust. The way we justified the gypsy nature of our existence was to write home from wherever we were, to mom and dad and to our siblings. I have boxes of letters written to me by my sister and four brothers, not to mention my parents. They are a record of a time when we would sit, reflect and compose a letter from our heart, in an effort to provide the reader with an understanding of ourselves at that moment, knowing that the letter would take some time before it was received and read. By writing, we felt connected, despite long distances. It was therapeutic. And of course, receiving a letter was joyful and not taken lightly. I would find a favourite spot to sit and read, absorb and remember. Not long ago, my parents moved from our family home and had to declutter. My mom, painstakingly, went through all of the old letters that she had stored in boxes and worked out who would most appreciate receiving them. Any letters that were written by her six children, were returned to the author. She had letters from her own brothers that she sent to her brother's children, knowing they would enjoy reading them. It was a very thoughtful act, and one that has stayed with me. We now all have this amazing record of our own writing at various times in our lives...a true treasure.
The internet and mobile phones have certainly changed the way we receive and send information. That transfer is instantaneous and seems to come and go more freely. There are certainly many positives. I am in touch with friends from all over the world because of Facebook and Instagram. I can chat to my family and friends over the internet at next to no cost and it is as clear as day. I love it. However, despite the incredible wealth of information and instant communication now available to us at our fingertips, I still get a thrill out of receiving a letter in the postbox.
As I sit down to write my Christmas Thank You Cards, I feel grateful that this form of communication still moves me. As a photographer, I have had some of my images transformed into Greeting Cards...they are available for purchase via my website if you are wanting to make someone's day!! Go to Greeting Cards...
A French concept, flaneurism, is defined as wandering without purpose. In today's world, if time is a luxury, then the ultimate indulgence is dropping into designer Jeannette Whitson's Garden Variety Design Studio in Nashville, Tennesee for a wander. Located in the very trendy 12 South area of Nashville, the studio is an original 1899 home, cleverly renovated by Jeannette and recently opened by appointment only. The studio houses a unique collection of beautiful antiques and other one-off pieces of art, primarily from France. Jeannette's design sense and keen eye can only be described as eclectic, one-of-kind and stunningly beautiful.
Jeannette and I met nearly 25 years ago in Jakarta, Indonesia. We connected immediately, sharing a love of adventure, curiosity, beautiful things and laughter. We travelled through the back alleys of Central Java, Jeannette searching for genuine antiques and me documenting the lives and landscapes of the people through research and photography (I was working on a USAID contract at the time). Our years in Indonesia were instrumental in inspiring our creative careers.
Through marriage and children, our lives took us to different corners of the world, but our passions in our respective fields continued to grow, as did the respect for each other's work. For some time we have been talking about collaborating, so it was with great enthusiasm, 25 years after first meeting, that I accepted Jeannette's offer to host a photographic show in her studio when the space was ready.
We had a fabulous week together in June, inviting designers and art collectors to the studio. It is always deeply gratifying to develop an emotional connection with buyers or potential customers. Naturally, it was a thrill when the unassuming Rock Star Peter Frampton visited the studio, taking home my "Kookaburra Sits". That said, regardless of the owner, it is always a great honour to have my work hanging in the privacy of people's homes, and something that I never take for granted.
The Southern hospitality is hard to beat, and we are already discussing my return.