January 30, 2020

Do I paint because I am happy or sad?

Janie Anne Pirie

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Mixed media (acrylic and alkyd oils) on box canvasPull of the Tide, 201925 x 25cm

My paintings are markers of emotions I do not want to forget, allowing me to hold on to feelings and return to thoughts evoked by them. On the beach, amid the drama of waves and sky I feel the perspective backdrop to my human ego. It gently puts me in my place without a word. Absorbed by the rhythmic roaring of the water, eyes closed, I love it. I am reminded of what I love when painting, the beauty of the ocean and how wonderfully alive I feel when I am near it and put back together again when I leave. I am acutely aware of how quickly time passes and that the tide will turn on me.