Hello ! Thank you for visiting my online art gallery! Welcome to the LILY PAD LAND-VIETNAM part one of a two part series.
Each September -Mid November Vietnam’s Mekong Delta is the sight of the most beautiful water lily gathering festival. Farmers in the small villages spend their days gathering these flowers. I fell in love with the beauty of this spectacular sight in pictures. I dreamed of going there after my boyfriend showed me a picture of the lily gathering. Trapped inside during covid 19 the intensity of the colors grabbed me. Neon pinks oranges deep violet and rich color filled the images by Trung Pham . I was inspired by his photographs to create what my imagination conjured up when day dreaming of sunshine and beautiful places I would someday travel too. It made being isolated less of a burden and more of a blessing. I found myself engulfed in this series sometimes overworking my body because I loved staying in my imagination of what I dreamed the colorful magical land of lily pads in Vietnam would look like.
As the covid crisis began so did my quest for answers. I knew before knowing that cancer had returned. As a result tensions and anxieties built because I did not have a diagnosis. As my urgency intensified .... so did my color palette. The strong and bold colors of this series reflect extremes. Extreme light and dark of what I was experiencing inside my soul. My paintings and studio room became colorful bright day dreams of places that look like fairytales. As I painted abstract landscapes from far away places I was inspired by a photograph my boyfriend sent me of the water lily gathering in Vietnam. Then I found these magical places through studying photography of these beautiful landscapes. I dreamed of someday visiting, my days were seemingly dark. Filled with dingy waiting rooms, socially distanced chairs, sterile grey hospital walls, masks, hushed lobbies lacking smiles, no handshakes or hugs.
Visiting doctors was killing me not healing me. So I needed to dream . I needed to dream in paint. The more I painted the more I dove into this lily pad land where time stood still instead of flying. It’s created with many self explored and uniquely created mediums I combined myself. I taught myself new techniques and others naturally developed while working with new creations such as new dreamsicle crystal clear iridescent flowers, paper & plaster roses, and some collaborations with rusty old chains symbolic of feeling chained inside ....
I also collaborated a local wood artist and a clay artist.
My news was rather dark at the end of this series. We found out the cancer is back.
But because of the healing these paintings gave me I feel rather light. I feel hopeful and inspired. I feel a fire to wake up each day to see my colorful studio. I look forward to boldly creating more magical landscapes to runaway to while stuck inside.
This is the first of a two part series about Vietnam.
The first is LILY PAD LAND-VIETNAM of the NEON DAYS collection. The second will be announced soon so stay tuned ! It will be a darker collection on black and be included in my Neon Nights collection.
I am so grateful for the twists and turns through these flowers that last longer than a season. They gave me healing that lasts a lifetime . I’m also so proud to witness these Vietnam bold and bright sunrises that climbed somehow mysteriously out of my creative energy and brightened my days when I needed a brighter day.
I hope these somehow move and touch you the way they helped me find happiness and sunshine amidst the rain.
I am still in process of moving more art in, so check back frequently for the most up to date inventory.
Please note that all photography is shot in natural lighting. However, if you'd like any additional detail shots, a video, or want to discuss print options on either available or SOLD pieces, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a text to 903-217-2005.