I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to you all for your support this year! It hasn’t been the easiest thing getting back to painting after a one year break but I’m so glad I made that big scary leap and I’m happy to say I feel back to my best-self.
Mid-year I was lucky enough to have been invited to submit a piece to ‘Flower Child’ exhibition at my favourite international gallery Modern Eden in San Francisco, and received another invitation to submit two pieces for Beautiful Bizarre Magazine’s curated show Bitter/Sweet at 19 Karen Gallery in Queensland, Aus. I took a massive leap of faith and did something I always have wanted to do and painted a portrait for the Archibald Prize and Perth’s Black Swan Portrait Prize. My gorgeous and inspirational friend Poppy Lissiman was my subject. In September a painting of mine ended up on the news! The piece was for the hugely successful Praise You exhibition, which was curated by artist Alex Saba otherwise known as @Lusidart where proceeds went towards The Butterfly Foundation.
Last month I opened my first solo show in two years ‘How High The Moon’ at the wonderful Studio 281 Gallery. I’m still overwhelmed by the response to the non-flower-crown paintings! I have plans to shoot the remaining pieces in-situ so please stay tuned for that and in the meantime prints of the three hero pieces: ‘The Sun’, ‘The Moon’ and ‘The Stars’ are available for Christmas presents (which you can totally gift to yourself!) via the link below.
Personally, it was a great year for realising just how much my friends and family are there for me. The day after ‘How High The Moon’ opened I participated in Walk to Remember, a fundraiser that supports people living with dementia in WA. I received over 60 donations from loved ones totalling just over $5000. This is a cause close to my heart as my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease two years ago and my father passed away from it in 2001. I’ll continue to support Alzheimer’s WA and look forward to donating the proceeds from some artwork sales to that incredible organisation in 2018.
There have been many other amazing things that have happened this year, many wonderful supporters and some really exciting things on the horizon for next year (the website will be bursting with newness so stay tuned)!
Again, I’d like to thank you all for buying artwork, following, liking, commenting and getting to the end of this newsletter spiel. You’re all fabulous and I’m grateful for my ‘Lil Pips’.
PS. I'm including a FREE Xmas Card with every order placed before Friday 15 December.
That's the last day to place your order to ensure it gets to you before Xmas!