Words of wisdom from Maya Angelou
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
Large alla prima oil on canvas – self portrait – 1989 -The Turning Point. International Women’s Day reminds me of the courageous women who have gone before and those who through example continue to encourage and inspire today.
The symbolic imagery in this large oil on canvas (1990) speaks of all women.
The brick wall behind the chest symbolises a special place….Everyone needs a special place in their hearts – to be in, to dream about and hope for.
Photograph of the large self portrait.…symbolising awakenings and turning points.
The quilt – symbolic of both peace and turmoil.
The pewter vessel – Throughout the millennia – the vessel has symbolised the female.
The silver egg cup – A talisman symbolising the day of my birth.
The apple – definitely not forbidden fruit for me, rather a symbol of new life. The apple reminds me not to judge a book by its cover but rather to understand what’s at the core.
The sculpted arm – Made by American artist, Janet Cleveland. In its uplifting gesture, it says ‘Yes, I can do it…..’
Large oil on canvas – Symbolic self portrait – circa 1990. And I do believe that women can do just about anything that they put their minds, heart and soul to – the key is to never give up.
For those women who feel alone and whose lives are racked with struggle….this day represents a beacon of light and hope. It is an opportunity for women to come together.
This magical hummingbird symbolises the unseen magic in our world, – something that each and everyone of us can tap into…….