“The Present is what your life is”
For me painting is about being fully present to the moment and as each moment passes I endeavour to stay present and explore its possibilities. Like a form of meditation or prayer, where you practice choosing to be present, suspending judgement and expectations, and being open to risk, struggle and joy. Mostly my paintings come as a response to my surroundings, my home, my city, the contrasts of wildness and calm through the seasons, and the search for understanding and stillness. Mary Oliver expresses it so well in her poem “Mornings at Blackwater”.
Mornings at Blackwater by Mary Oliver
For years, every morning, I drank
from Blackwater Pond.
It was flavored with oak leaves and also, no doubt, the feet of ducks.
And always it assuaged me
from the dry bowl of the very far past.
What I want to say is
that the past is the past,
and the present is what your life is,
and you are capable
of choosing what that will be,
So come to the pond,
or the river of your imagination,
or the harbor of your longing,
and put your lips to the world.