Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, “It will be happier.”
2018 has been a very mixed bag indeed. I saw this year in with wonderful friends and the final sunset of 2017 was so magnificent, it felt like a promise of a new year filled with beauty and hope.
The following months were busy getting my From Fractured to Fairytale (first series) ready for exhibition. Having been buoyed by the response from that, I started planning the rest of the series. I was kicking goals and was in a really fantastic place, achieving all I wanted to. Then May happened.
May is always a month of mixed feelings for me. My beautiful angel daughter Aimee was born on the 1st of May.. Mother’s Day is in the middle and I miss my Mum badly and then on the 27th of May is the anniversary of Aimee’s death. Of course, my beautiful Granddaughter Amelia decided to join us in the last few minutes of May, so there are now new reasons to celebrate each year.
This May 1st, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It’s a hard enough day at the best of times, but getting that diagnosis on that day was a body blow that I was not expecting. Still, as my son said, “you’ve lived through losing Aimee, you can live through this too”.. That gave me hope.
I was chosen for two artist-in-residences this year too though I had to turn one down due to it conflicting with my treatment. I won first prize in Photography at the Blue Fringe Arts Prize which was a great thrill and have had work published. I’ve created movie posters for film companies and had requests for commissions which mostly I’ve had to turn down, but was thrilled to be asked. As difficult as the year has been, it’s also held a great deal of happiness and a promise of better times ahead.
So whilst this year, the amount of work I have completed is minimal compared to other years, I have been happy with what I have achieved. And to make the amount of work appear even more minimal is the fact that so much of what I HAVE completed, I can’t show yet as it’s for exhibition in 2019 and I don’t want to spoil it.
Needless to say, this year’s collage is a smallish one, but never the less, I am pleased with what I have achieved in 2018, considering the challenges I’ve faced. I’m thrilled with the images waiting to be exhibited too, which is something to look forward to.
Treatment is all out of the way and from now on, it’s onward and upward. I still think 2018 has been a wonderful year and I’m so looking forward to 2019. Bring it on I say. So many more stories to tell and images to create..
A very happy new year to you all and thank you for being here. xxxx