I can't get enough of painting. I think it is my favourite activity of all time. I find it relaxing and restorative and mesmersising.. and when it all comes together it gives me such a thrill. Here's a few paintings I've done recently that I've just loved:
Sometimes doors open for me. Mostly I open them myself. This is how I have survived (and thrived) as a deaf person in a hearing world. The reality for me is that if I wait, I will miss opportunities, often because I don't hear about them or people assume that because I'm deaf it's not suitable for me.
When I want something, I open the door myself, and make it happen. And so much HAS happened as a result. This painting is to inspire anyone who wants to make stuff happen, and especially to inspire those who have extra obstacles in their path, such as a disability of some form.
This painting is very dear to my heart and I found it hard to part with. But the minute I listed it in my shop, it sold! It's off to a Deaf school in Delaware where it'll go in their museum, hopefully to inspire plenty of young Deaf people.
You Have Become So Dear To Me was inspired by my rabbit, Fluffy Queen, who died last year. I still miss her. For me, that kind of love feels like being covered with a warm blanket, and I wanted to capture that feeling in this painting by including a richly patterned background that is suggestive of a quilt.
This is a close up of a canvas I recently painted over. I painted the first version of this portrait last year but I admit I haven't been happy with it. I gave her a haircut, painted more detail right over her face, changed the colour of her dress.. and then I decided to add in my new favourite thing - flowers. I'm liking her so much more now. In fact I think she's really pretty, and I especially love the texture when you zoom in close.
The words on the painting, "Thank you for this day," were inspired by a friend's son. My friend was cleaning up his room and found this tiny note next to his bed, in his handwriting. And it said, "Thank you for this day." He was only ten! Isn't that sweet? I know that practising gratitude and appreciation makes us all happier, and I wanted to capture that here. It's also a little reference to "stop and smell the roses", which my girl is now doing now that she's surrounded by flowers.
This one's a little collage I did onto a piece of salvaged wood. I used my antler doll stamp and I just love it.
These paintings (well, those that haven't sold yet) are in my shop.