Despite (or maybe because of) everything happening in the big world, my small world has felt like a sanctuary this month –
I’m currently working on a series of paintings on board and paper with the working title: “Spring Cannot be Cancelled”, a series of partly abstracted still life paintings of plants & flowers from my garden. The title is appropriated from the beautiful book: “Spring Cannot be Cancelled – David Hockney in Normandy”, a book full of hope and enthusiasm for nature, for painting and for being an artist.
In some ways it seems almost frivolous to make art, and especially to focus on the beauty of a simple, domestic life, in times like these. But hopefully art and art making can also serve as a reminder, as tribute, and as a note of gratefulness. To be able to paint every day, to live in a place of peace & abundance, not because one deserves it, but rather out of pure chance – this is an extraordinary privilege. And this, I believe, is why it feels meaningful for me to celebrate the everyday ordinariness in my paintings.
Hellebore, snowdrops, daffodils and the first returning birds after a long winter. Simple, but not given.