Ode to Joy


ODE TO JOY Acrylic on canvas with passion
92 cm x 122 cm x 4 cm
36-inch x 48-inch
I created this piece in response to yet another lockdown and the postponement of a planned and much-loved artists trial in our community. Wondering, as we all are, “When will this nightmare end?” I dialled up my happy playlist on Spotify and painted in response to the following lyrics:
“It’s my choice to be joyful. I’m giving up on sorrow”,  Trevor Hall, Jupiter’s Call
So yes,  I’m making a choice to be joyful. Koast has been deferred. I was really looking forward to the artists’ trail but it is what it is and we’re all in this together and it just seems that is the way life rolls
…there will always be people that ruin it for others, breaking rules, being selfish, lying, and other low vibes but guess what… we don’t have to be victims… we can rise above this…we can still show up for joy and we can support each other to get through these tough times.
This is why I’m creating happy art. You may think,” gosh how does that help anyone?” but it does …believe me I know from the 20 years I have spent as an art, couples and child therapist creating art helps with anxiety and despair and depression and I know people who receive my paintings tell me how much joy they bring to their lives so that’s how I show up. I bring the gift of colour.
“This is my story. This is my vision. Everything right, on time.” – Trevor Hall
Ode to joy was created with joy as I flowed with grace. Also inspired by Helen Frankenthaler and her ‘fierce poise.’
Somewhere along the way in my fifties, I discovered the work of Helen Frankenthaler… I loved the way she embraced a childlike love of beauty and her call to ‘let er rip’ – to embrace spontaneous joy in colour-soaked fields of colour. I devoured her bio and found a kindred soul.
She had a very traumatic childhood and suffered from anxiety and sadness and found release in her paintings. “Each crisis, if properly realized, can turn into production,” she wrote. Twenty days later, with the freedom and curiosity of a child, she painted what is regarded as her greatest work, Mountains and Sea.
As Alexander Nererov writes in this biography of Helen Frankenthaler, Fierce Poise, “The painting recalled the freedom that Helen’s sociology professor Erich Fromm had espoused, “We all know what a spontaneous act is and may have some vision of what human life could be if these experiences were not such rare and uncultivated experiences.”
Fromm saw the opposite of this freedom all around him in his adopted country, the USA. I feel history repeating all around me currently. I wanted to feel more love, less fear and to help others achieve happiness too.
I set an intention to make child-like spontaneity my new norm. Capturing, creating and collaborating with others the beauty of childlike play has become my passion and joy. I love painting on the wing and seeing people moved by spontaneity, joy, and ultimately life itself.
This painting and others in the Think Pink Series are a call to embrace happiness, love, hope and healing in our lives to live with the purpose to uplift ourselves and each other. The collection is embodied with love, positive energy, Reiki spiritual blessings and tremendous vitality which is peaceful, enlivening and enlightening at the same time.
These works of heart will bring joy to any home or office.
Opens Labour Weekend 2021 ( assuming we are not locked in again)
“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”
~ Audrey Hepburn, Actor




Original Acrylic Painting on Stretched Canvas.

The painting has been created on artist quality 100% cotton canvas and finished with a double coat of UV resistant gloss varnish, protecting the longevity and enhancing the vibrancy of the colours.

The sides of the canvas have been painted white

Comes stretched and ready to hang.


Your painting will be hand signed on the front and back, with its title written on the rear of the canvas. You will also receive a certificate of authenticity.


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