This is not only a (biased opinion), beautiful sunset, nor is it only a sentimental piece, this is actually my first artistic foray into using oil pastels. Late one evening while enjoying some time with my daughter and reflecting on now passed guide dog, Beth or Betty as we called her; I got a sudden urgency to create or as I said to my daughter laughably at the time, “I must art!”. This piece however is not all giggles, but at the same time it is not all tears, even though my first reaction when I finished and looked at was to cry. As I mentioned in my biography, I put my all into my pieces, and this one was very close to my heart. With the pastels, I created a gradient sky from an almost dark purple night sky poking in through to the burning final flames of the days sun as it slips below the horizon. The ocean itself looks like it is on fire from the reflection of the sun drifting away but demonstrating that it’s flame will still burn brightly even when we cannot see it directly – similarly to people and furpanions in our life. Sometimes they may not be visible to us anymore, but the flame of their memory still burns brightly within our hearts and minds. The crashing wave coming into shore symbolising that nothing in life is smooth sailing but if you ride it out you will end up safely on solid land. The horizon line is completely ablaze as that it where all have gone that we have lost and all are coming from that we are yet to meet. For me personally this signifies the loss particularly of three special souls – my great grandmother who ever was taken from me when I was the same age as my daughter is now; my own Mum whom we lost in 2007 when my daughter was only four-months-old, and my soul mate guide dog Beth (Betty is what we called her), whom we lost June 2020. The paw prints in the sand, heading into the horizon are those of Beth as she had to travel that last walk without me.
There is so much beauty in the piece though, as each of the souls, all that I have lost and all lost in general are glistening in the background creating these magical sunsets for us. It feels like it is coming out toward you, that is the new life coming forth. New life doesn’t need to be literal, it can be whatever you need it to mean, interpret as you will. Most of all what I wanted out of creating this piece was for people to find beauty, solace, peace and joy. If it moved you in anyway at all, then I feel that I have achieved my goals. May you find your inner peace and next time you miss a loved one, or a new life comes into your world, perhaps seek out a sunset/sunrise or think back to this piece.