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A Thousand Names for Joy.


Solo Exhibition of contemporary paintings


Exploring subtle feelings and affects of the landscape into paint. 

I had experience through the BA (Hons) and MA Fine Art of working with a full range of feelings, both conscious and pre-verbal. These processes led me to a practise of simply being present, a joyful process in and of itself. In author Byron Katie’s book “A Thousand Names for Joy, How to live in Harmony with the way things are” she writes of going beyond thoughts to experience simply what is, “ reality is simple… it’s whatever’s in front of you, whatever is happening. When you argue with it you lose. It hurts not to be a lover of what is”. Embracing this concept I set out to explore the secluded Moor and coast. What I found there, when immersed in painting, was freedom and reconnection with the pulse of the land. The wonderful spontaneous rhythms and tempos, the exuberant vitality of nature, and a joy that comes with simply being with what’s happening, from the most simple and mundane of moments to the most dramatic. There may indeed be a thousand names for joy!


It doesn't have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few                                                                                          

small stones; just                                                                                                                

pay attention, then patch 

a few words together and don't try                                                                                           

to make them elaborate, this isn't                                                                                         

a contest but the doorway

into thanks, and a silence in which                                                                                   

another voice may speak. 

Mary Oliver. 

The majority of these paintings are sold. Please contact me if you are interested in something similar.

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