I’m always in total awe that people out there hang my prints on the walls of their homes. In some small way I like to believe my work has made a tiny change in their life. To buy it in the first place would mean they have some emotional attachment to the piece and I just love that fact.
I am emotionally attached to all my paintings and can get quite upset when the prints do not sell. So much so, I’ll just withdraw them from sale well before the set number of limited editions have sold. This is probably akin to showing friends and family one of my pieces and no one says anything or I get uninspired feedback. I just put it away in a drawer, GONE!
An example of my hide in a drawer reaction was Orphan Serenade (Orphaned Red and Grey Kangaroos). I really loved the painting as so many features hit all the right buttons for me. Technically it was far superior to everything I had done before, the subject matter comprised of some of my favourite babies and it won People’s Choice Award in my home town. Not only that, it garnered 68,000 views on Facebook with amazing comments and seemed to be well received. However, not many people wanted it hanging on their wall so…… into the drawer it went.
By far the painting I love the most is The Australian (Red Kangaroo). To date, I don’t think I’ve painted anything that tops that one.
In the three years since I created it, my techniques have improved exponentially since The Australian. Painting what I feel are far superior pieces, such as Hunting + (-Habitat) = Extinction (Red Kangaroos). What do I know really? Ha!
However, none of them have the effect on my heart like The Australian. Each time I look at it my heart swells and I even smile, I always feel that he looks after me. Funny eh? He’s over 1.5m wide and at great inconvenience, I will take him with me to art markets. This isn’t because I can sell the print, it just to make me feel better and more confident. Even I think that is a bit daft, especially when it is so difficult to get him into the car.
I have another painting underway and I am extremely attached to already. Technically it is far better than any painting of a kangaroo face I’ve done before and I am SO VERY EXCITED about it. Here is a taster of what is to come, I’ll share my journey with you during its creation, but for now it is just an introduction.
Someone, please lock the drawers.
Proposed title: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
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Samantha "I'm a person who feels I live in paradise and truly love Australia after immigrating here in 2003. I work as a foreign exchange trader, live with my true soul mate, husband Albert. I have a passion for Aussie wildlife and became a registered wildlife carer in 2005 and can say I feel truly privileged to be able to raise and rehabilitate orphan wallaby/kangaroo joeys. I love these creatures with my heart and soul. My dream is to be able to help struggling volunteer wildlife carers, financially, so that they can do what they do best without worrying how to pay the next vet bill"
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