My art tells vivid, interesting and thought-provoking stories of my life, the land and its people in the beautiful part of Thailand where I live.
The enchanted walkway won September’s art of the month on Twitter First Friday, TFF is a monthly event on Twitter that attracts many participants and I’m delighted and honoured that The Enchanted Walkway was chosen.
When I was young from about 6 or 7 years old I would often be sent to the local shop which would be about a kilometre away, my sister would be preparing the evening meal and she would need something, some oil, candles or some such things, she would call me and tell me to go to the shop for her, I would dread it, it was a long walk and night would be falling, I would complain but it would fall on deaf ears and off I would have to go.
We Thais are very superstitious people and I would worry I would see something I didn't want to see especially on the way back when it would be dark.
The walk would be through banana and coconut groves as in this painting, with a little wind blowing a scary place for a young kid to be walking through on her own, at the actual banana grove itself I would hold my breath and run through it as fast as I could too frighten to even open my eyes.
I sit at a clean canvas, my imagination, oils, brushes, knife and fingers ready to start work, I have an idea, I start to paint, my head is telling my hands what to do, but sometimes my head changes so I delete and start again and so it goes until I’m happy with my work, then sometimes I use a palette knife to cover the whole canvas in random strokes and I see something like a photo an image and follow my feelings.
I get a lot of my inspiration from three artist; Claude Monet with his use of colour, his expressiveness, detail and the softness of his beautiful paintings, Vincent van Gogh with his bold use of colour his expressiveness, and I like to think I’m a little impulsive like him, and Lowry unbelievable he produced the work he did just using five colours.
My art tells stories, not always happy and joyful, not always bright and full of light,
but always full of my feelings, vivid, interesting and thought-provoking. I always try to put something of myself in my paintings; in the form, the colours, the brush stokes, my feelings, my joy, sometimes my darkness but I hope mostly joy and happiness.
Oil on canvas