Mixed Media Artist

Late Autumn

30″x30″ mixed media on wood. The sides are 1.5″ deep and are red.

This painting is available HERE

Late Autumn, not here, but in Victoria, where I was born and lived for 28 years. I remember a big man’s coat that I wore when I was 17, it was not this colour but the collar and shoulders were like this, oversized. I wore a black turtleneck with it. It was really long too, that is what was in in 1985.  I wore a long pencil skirt and flat pointy boots. I don’t know why but even though this painting does not look like me, the whole time I’ve been painting it, I felt like it was me, at this time.  It was a special time. Maybe it was on my mind because my girls have been watching some Molly Ringwald movies from the 80’s lately.  I looked a little like her at the time and I definitely dressed with her same flare,  I had my own  vintage style, that is for sure. I don’t often let myself get nostalgic about that time but with this painting I did a little. I don’t like looking back and I rarely listen to music or watch movies from that time. I don’t know why, but this painting conjured up those feelings and made me remember that girl. I liked her, she was pretty cool. This last year has been really hard for me. Sometimes I don’t even recognize myself at all when I look in the mirror. I definitely don’t recognize my breasts. It’s been just over year since I had my first mastectomy and I still find it difficult to look at them in the mirror. So maybe looking back a little  and  reminding myself of the girl  I was is OK to do occasionally. Really, I am still that girl, the package is just a little different

“There comes a time in your life when you have to choose to turn the page, write another book or simply close it.”
― Shannon L. Alder.

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