This work is all about being part of a large family. We do not have a family tree but a forest. The forest is populated by the members of my family. With the ‘big boys’, (I still call them that), just behind me. And the younger members of the family forming the tree trunks behind them. Not forgetting mum and dad, who are in there too.
Perhaps at this stage I should do a roll call in order of age. I have to say I always feel a huge sense of pride when I do this. They are: Ken, Eric, Billy, David, Kevin, Ged, Henry and then came the girls: Malvina, Lorretta, Lorraine (me), Rebecca and to finish it all, the baby of the family, Sam.
The face in the foreground is of me when I left home to go to art college and began a new life. The image shows how I am remained connected to my family through the family roots.
A Childhood Landscape is the title of this work in progress which is very close to my heart. Being the 10th of 12 children made for quite a childhood and provided many memories, most of them happy. Although we were as poor as church mice in many ways we lived a life of abundance. Thanks that is, to our parents who were extremely resourceful and imaginative. Qualities which have expressed themselves differently in all of us. Whichever way you look at it, it is an unmistakable trait of The Wilson Family as is an undeniable streak of eccentricity. Traits which I have often relied upon to get me through life and are of course very useful to an artist. I am forever grateful for the gifts that being part of this family have bestowed upon me.
My heart beats with equal passion for conceptual work that literally allows me to fly. And landscape paintings and drawings which ground me. Each brings a skill set that informs the other.
At the moment my studio is littered with paintings at various stages of completion, making ready for the Armadale Hills Open Studio Arts Trail in a few months. It is both exiting and inspiring seeing all this work together. It just makes me want to paint, paint, paint!
The Minnawarra Art Awards showcases some of Australia’s prestigious artists. The exhibition features around 80 works across a variety of mediums of the fine arts including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography and textiles. Curated by Robert Buratti.
Mother & Daughter Moment
This is the first exhibition where my daughter, Eve Wolfe and I have exhibited together. We were amazed to see that the curator had hung our work together on the same panel. Considering there was eighty art works that was a real fluke.
Minnawarra Art Awards is now considered a must see event on the Perth arts calendar.
Saturday 22 April – Sunday 7 May 2017
11am – 4pm daily
Today was a first, with with my artworks showing simultaneously in two separate art exhibitions – both having their official openings at the same time
Perth College Exhibition Opening
I spent an hour at Perth College where I had four artworks on display before rushing off to Newman College where I had another three. Although it was quite stressful fitting them both in, it was also quite exiting.
My body turns 65 today but my mind is parked all over the place. Some parts of it have aged with wisdom and experience, others stuck in memories of by-gone days while others still have somehow got lost along the way. The vast majority of my mind is active, inquisitive, resourceful, ambitious, intuitive and fun-loving. Did I mention that there is also more than a little bit of rebel there too.
My main game now is to remain happy and healthy for another twenty years to consolidate all my experiences whilst remaining open to the new challenges that lie ahead.
Why not pop over to the Armadale Hills and experience the amazing view from my studio and enjoy the art.
And while you are here, why not make a day of it… Pop next door to Charlene O’Brien‘s studio or check out the other Open Studios over the next two long weekends: Thusrday – Sunday 8th – 11th & 15th – 18th September 10 – 4pm. Looking forward to sharing my art, my view and even a cuppa, (sorry I ate all the biscuits).