First Exhibition for 2019

In February 2018 I took what turned out to be the biggest and most progressive steps in my fledgling art career….I painted. I didn’t now it then as most things usually go, but deciding to finally use the hundred of dollars worth of art supplies I kept hoarding turned into this journey that I didn’t expect would unfold this quickly.

In about October 2018, I was asked to participate in what would be my first major art joint exhibition in March 2019. scared, I asked for time to think before I took such a big step. What would I paint? Who is my audience? Would people not only like, but buy my work? The doubts surfaced, but then, I began to think of all the reasons why I should, the most important being another step toward fulfilling my lifelong dream.

So after agreeing to share the space with another amazing local artist, I began to explore my artistic vision. I find myself drawn to old yet beautiful things, I feel like there’s a subconscious link in there to my late father and his fascination with hoarding simply old things that become engulfed in time by the effects of nature, but for now I’ll leave it as this cursory self-revelation.

With that said, I decided to focus on aspects of landscapes and seascapes that showed a different aspect of my country, Trinidad and Tobago. Over this week I will give some insight into this body of work and what inspired me.

It was frustrating, rewarding (all my pieces were sold!) and exciting. I made new friends, attracted new supporters of my work and accomplished one of the most intimidating experiences I think an artist faces. Looking forward to it all getting better from here!

Me with my fellow artist in front of some of my pieces on opening night at our exhibition

Painted Memories Collection: Sanssouci Windmill

Now that my Peru series of portraits are over, the next series of paintings in my collection will capture some of my memories from Europe. I did an exchange semester in the Netherlands so I took the opportunity to travel through as much of Europe as possible. Europe for me was more about architecture as it was my first time that and I really wanted to see as many historic landmarks as possible.

The first stop is Germany. I went to Berlin and Potsdam as I didn’t stay very long, about 3 days so I took the opportunity to see the Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam. Sanssouci is the summer palace of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia, in Potsdam, near Berlin. It was absolutely gorgeous and it would have been even more so if the garden terraces were fully grown.

After touring the outside of the palace, I explored the gardens and came across this windmill – which I didn’t think I’d see anywhere but the Netherlands (naive I know) and decided to paint it.  Doing the wet on wet wash for the sky was tricky but even more challenging was the wood detail. My favourite part was how the light was captured on the fan blades of the windmill.

Sanscoucci PArk Windmill