Monday, June 16, 2008

Examining the Hidden and the Delicate

Have you noticed when observing a butterfly’s torn wing that it
continues to go about its business of flying and collecting nectar? Its damaged wing does not deter it from carrying out its purpose.

All of us have narratives to tell. No matter our pain and how we handle it, we continue to press on, more often than not evoking courage and growth. When we are willing to look beyond the obvious, there is no limit to finding meaning..

“Something opens our wings.
Something makes boredom and hurt disappear.
Someone fills the cup in front of us.
We taste only sacredness.”

- Rumi

Saturday, June 14, 2008


I’ve always had an insatiable curiosity which would lead to the inevitable question “why”? As I explored through my art, what makes things tick, I took to studying birds and spent a lot of time at the Royal Ontario Museum.

The Ornithology Department kindly let me sign out bird specimens which I blithely took home in various boxes.

I remember one such amusing incident when I was traveling via bus back to Muskoka, and a well meaning seat mate wondered what was in the very large box set on my lap. She rambled through various possibilities, new outfit, presents for family, etc. I couldn’t bring myself to tell her that in fact it was a snow goose specimen. I could visualize her abject horror had I opened the box to satisfy her curiosity. I imagine she would have found another seat!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Painting Journey

I mentioned that I have found expression through my artwork. I have a love for beauty and am drawn to the obscure and the unique.

I’m not certain if this might not have a little to do with my roots, which I’m still discovering. I am an island girl born in Trinidad, spent my early years in Jamaica, but have resided most of my life in Ontario. Posted here are some examples of my work.

These three pieces depict my affinity for nature and its hidden aspects. The delicate is not always as frail as it may appear.