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5 Reasons why I should never have become an artist

NOTHING ELSE EVER GETS DONE WHEN I’M PAINTING. It starts off just fine. I long to paint, then I get to paint, then I think “aaaah, this feels SO fine, …

A Lizard at Breakfast, A Snake at my Doorstep and Flowers on My Pillow

                  We Australians could be said to belong to one of two groups of people: Those who’ve been to Bali, and the …

Why I Like Being a Painter More than I Liked Being a Singer

If you’ve been following my journey, you might know that I came to visual art via a rather circuitous and scenic route, making stops in the field of science and …

The Sneaky Upside to Fear

There were bodies everywhere. All over my loungeroom. Relieved, happy bodies, draped over every bit of furniture, everyone spent from a kind of post-performance exhaustion. We had opened to a …

It Began with the Pink Satin Dress

 I come from a travelling kind of a family. My father worked for the World Health Organisation, advising some forty or so governments on their oral health programmes. He was …

The Possibility of Cheese

  “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells… it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and …

Love

Love is underrated. Not the romantic kind, that gets far too much rating! No, the kind of love that got my husband, Greg, up THAT mountain, and back down again. …

Not Quite What I Expected

  Yvonne is one of my closest friends. Many, many years ago, one hot summers day, we decided to go out for a swim. Yvonne swam like a fish. I …

Something is Happening to My Art

The other day my big sister glanced round my house and commented, “Your art has become a lot more colourful, hasn’t it?” I dismissed her observation, wondering briefly if what …

Plum Puddings, Everest, and Serving Humanity

I left my mother crying at the railway station as she waved me goodbye. Feeling slightly guilty that I couldn’t wait to get away, I was leaving my home in …

Sleepless

The past few weeks have been a bit of a wild ride. I’ve been navigating some curious emotions that have stemmed from a combination of turning fifty, confronting my own …

If I Could Turn Back Time

  I turn 50 today and here’s The Thing. NO ONE LIKES AGEING. Yes, I know…there are cultures where age is venerated. But really and truly, except for maybe some …

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