My last exhibition was ‘Feathered Friends’ in 2016, which aimed to support BirdLife Australia. There are a number of reasons why it’s been so long since I last showcased, and the day job was a predominant factor- one I’m very glad is not currently an issue.
I have approached some galleries over the previous year, but many tend to not respond, not even to say ‘no thank you’, which is rather disheartening. That was why I was especially happy to take part in The Space Gallery’s ‘Simple Pleasures’ group exhibition. The gallery is owned by the ever hardworking and helpful Pascale, who took great care in putting together this brilliant little pop-up at The Cannery. You can visit the gallery’s website here.
To be honest, I’ve had some bad experiences with galleries before, so working with someone who is so professional is honestly like a breath of fresh air. That is why I wanted to present one of my favourite paintings: ‘Anima Plumarum 17 – Princess Parrot’, helpfully pointed out by my gorgeous friend Debbie.
This piece represents the idea of ‘Simple Pleasures’ completely, and it felt good to get it out into the world for other people to see.
I’m slowly getting back into the groove of submissions and emails and framing, in the hopes of setting up a process whereby I can exhibit at least once a year. It’s honestly not even to sell my work, not entirely…but to allow them some freedom outside of the studio so they can do what they’re supposed to: educate, fascinate, and get people thinking about this beautiful natural world around us.