What started off as an offer to lend a painted horse called "Neddy" and casually enquiring about a Sat Pop-Up gig at Coolalinga Central... in 3 years.... grew in to a 4 day a week retail outlet with demand for more. I try to balance my time in the studio to keep painting professionally and being an illustrator....which does and doesn't work most weeks. I need an extra day in the week for home chores/ maintenance of our property AND every once in a while catch up with friends & family! Balance is the key to staying happy, not to mention letting complaints that my shop isn't open 7 days a week wash over me. I can't be everywhere at once...not if I still want to create beautiful artworks : ) If you know you are doing your absolute best then there is nothing more that needs to be said.....right? You shouldn't have to justify yourself to people....but I constantly have to. I wish more people understood what it takes to create and the time needed to do so. I suppose I should just be happy the demand is there, but I have a deep desire to please everyone.....and lately I realise that is an absolutely IMPOSSIBLE task.
From little things.....
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Growing up in Darwin. Dress ups with Nelson, rebuilding our house after Cyclone Tracy, favourite swing at Botanical Gardens, camping & Emma's bday party at Blake's house.
Last day of Skateworld, 2005. Pete the infamous DJ with L-R Claire, me, Matilda (front) Aya, Sean & Paul.
My 1st roller skates
1st date with husband at Museum & Art Gallery NT for exhibition opening "Emerge"