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Mother's Day

by Di Cox
Toowong AU

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The Artwork

What is on the surface a simple still life, with loose florals cascading out of a crystal bowl, in truth this piece intuitively celebrates all things Mum. For Cox, this piece was created with her mum in mind. Cox shares her mum's love of pretty flowers and gardening. The crystal bowl, which captures playful light, is reminiscent of a romantic and elegant era past, a time where crystal and silver was cherished... The blues, which suggest a mother's loyalty and wisdom, wash over an intense, raw red - the unrelenting mother's love that is there, always. Was it serendipity that the finishing touches on this piece were done on Mother's Day? It is truly a gift for Mothers.

The Artist

Why do you create? I create for you, for me, and the sense of achievement that the art I have created will bring elicit emotion, tranquility, or elation - if I'm lucky, all three sensations!
How do you work? My art begins with a thought, a sense of colour and form, which develops, often over weeks, through translucent layers to create a very personal and original artwork
Has your creative process changed over time, if so, how? “Having begun my art practice in watercolours in 2010, I have, under the guidance of many local artists, developed a unique fusion of media: capturing the delicacy of watercolours in acrylics. My art displays an ethereal translucency, and gracefully capture my essence: a passionate gardener and home maker.”
Do you consider yourself a full-time or part-time artist? I consider myself an emerging artist, one who is still enjoying the throws of life as a mum and a health care provider, but indulging my inner creative spirit, which makes me complete.
A country girl at heart, I revel in creatively that is not restricted by boundaries. I adore the freedom of semi-abstract work, the ability to respond innately to paint on the canvas, which instinctively evolves into a unique and personal creation.
Besides creating, where else do you spend your time? I am passionate about travelling, gardening, and helping others with my work as a health care provider - and of course enjoying all of these facets of me with my family.
What inspires you? In an artistic sense, I am inspired by nature - light and therefore cast shadow, which influences colour and form.
From an emotional standpoint, I am inspired by the strong women and men I come across in my personal and professional life, people who take their lot in their stride and endeavour to make the most of what time they have in this world.
What is the first piece of art you remember creating? I created an oil painting for my mum and dad, depicting a sugar cane fire, a scene that permeated my youth.
What does the term art mean to you? Art for me is an experience. I cannot say it any better than American Author Thomas Merton: I love that “…art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
Name three artists that you respect? I respect many artists, but in particular I respect those that have personally helped me embrace my artistic being and discover/interpret what art is to me: my teachers over the years including Shirl Wills, Maria Field, and Nameer Davis
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