Ex Votive.Effect of war on children.Painting title - April 27th 2016 Al Quds Field Hospital , Aleppo ,Syria. Staff and Patients are killed in an air strike by Government and Russian forces. Oil on board.Two children are injured one cries and looks at his damaged hands. Behind them a bomb explodes and two men in dark suites watch .

Who tilts the scales?

Over the years, like many artists, I have made paintings in which I explore mans inhumanity to man, and to nature. For me a determining measure of a civilised , caring society is its willingness to tolerate harming behaviour. 

Painting detail. I The target . Triptych. Oil on board .A figure  who loves animals holds a relaxed tabby cat, has a bird on one shoulder and a goat at the other.
Detail. I The target . Triptych. Oil on board .

In this collection of paintings, I have gathered together imagery that illustrates what I consider to be ‘harming’ behaviour . Some of the paintings were made for a project entitled 100 painted vows. These images tell the stories of War & Politics, Sexual Predators, Environmental and Animal abuse, Human Rights & Slavery, Trolls, Domestic abuse & Mental Health .

World War One. In memory. A photograph of the artists Great Grandfather who was a scenic painter and studied under Opie In Plymouth.

We will remember them.

My thoughts of gratitude and sadness at this time, are with all of those extraordinary men & women who have and continue to, sacrifice their lives for ours .

For the Fallen

by Laurence Binyon, written in 1914

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

Great Granddad, artist Thomas Henry Hearder . A stretcher bearer in WW1. Killed Gaza, aged 36.
The family he left behind in Plymouth. They waited, but he never came home.

Get better soon.

I made this painting some time ago . This week my little muse is off school again, at home, and feeling rough, like many others are at the moment. It is a difficult time for everyone just now, but for those of any age who’s health issues make them more vulnerable, its tough. Get better soon X.

Painting of a young girl sleeping. Her head on a cushion wearing a striped T-shirt.
Oil on board.

Sir Alfred Munnings at Lamorna Inn

I came across this sun filled and evocative painting, by Sir Alfred Munnings, of Lamorna Wink pub. 

Sir Alfred Munnings painting of Lamorna Inn.
Sir Alfred Munnings painting of Lamorna Inn.

The pub is still there on route to Lamorna Cove in Cornwall, although it has been modernised . There was a time I used to go there once in a while for a bit of lunch , with my old friend Paddy, before she died.  Inside the pub was so cosy , especially on cold or rainy days , a slate floor, beams black as pitch, the walls a cream colour from the wood fire and decades of cigarette smoke , pub dogs snoozing or barking , lots of brass and memorabilia which told stories of the cove and sea adventures, greeted with a big welcome from landlord .

In good company, what more could you want!

Portrait of Paddy. Oil on board.1992.

Sharing time together .

Talking to friends and family members during the Coronavirus, they say one of the most difficult aspects for them has not just been the isolation, but the fact that they don’t spend time with their loved ones.

For close families, the lost weeks and months, without that shared time has been painful .

I made these painting about family events some years ago . To trace the fragments of shared love , friendship and respect between the generations, that I found so valuable through my own childhood.

Detail. In search of Butterflies . Oil on board.
Detail . Missing from Piano class, found up a tree . Oil on board.
painting of Cinderella on the stage .The ugly sisters fight over the prince and family laugh in the audience
Enjoying the Pantomime Cinderella . Oil on Board.

Stag Beetles .

Because of the Coronavirus , those fortunate to have access to a garden or outside space, may have had some quiet time to get out there and to see what’s been going on with all the beautiful birds and bugs that share our world.

This weekend we are encouraged to look out for Stag Beetles. It seems they need of our help, along with a lot of other endangered insects, on whom we rely without knowing it.

The beetles larvae live underground for a few years growing and eating old wood, so if you have a tidy garden they are less likely to visit , this is my excuse!

Stag beetles look prehistoric , wonderful , harmless and are one of the many amazing insects on the endangered list, that we need to nurture not kill.

This painting is one from series of a hundred, that I made over a number of years until 2019, to mark events, both personal and worldwide, that matter to me .

painting- Scientists warn that our insects could e extinct in a century-3 rows of 16 insects painted to represent a victorian display case of dead insects.Includes beetles, butterfly-moth-spider-stag beetle
Scientists warn that our insects could be extinct in a century. Oil on board . 2019

V.E.Day. 8th May 1945.

On VE Day the country woke up to the news that the war in Europe was finally over.  The crowds in London celebrated, singing Land of hope and glory as Churchill in his boiler suite made the victory sign . A time for us to celebrate , but for some families and friends it was a time to remember their loved ones, who had paid the ultimate sacrifice, and would never be coming home. 

Many artists and their families who until the outbreak of war had been living in London decided to leave . Some came to Cornwall and established, what was to become a new artists colony. Artists like Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Christopher Wood, Naum Gabo. They and their group went on to influence the second generation of artists such as Peter Lanyon , Terry Frost , John Wells, and Patrick Heron. Heron was living in Cornwall because his father Tom Heron managed the fabric printing company Crysede . The influential nieve painter Alfred Wallis, lived in a cottage in Back Road West, St Ives . The story of these artists can be found in Denys Val Bakers lovely book ‘Britain’s art colony by the sea’. A copy of which my grandmother gave to me when I first came to live in Cornwall ,  before Tate St Ives was conceived . 

So it was with this in mind, I thought today I would celebrate this special day with two Ben Nicholson paintings, in which at the time, he marked this historic day , adding the Union Jack Flag into his still life paintings .

Ben Nicholson . Still Life 1943 - 45 (St Ives, Cornwall). tate.org.uk
Ben Nicholson . Still Life 1943 – 45 (St Ives, Cornwall). tate.org.uk
Ben Nicholson. Still Life 1945. Celebrating VE Day(Bonhams .June 2016.)
Ben Nicholson. Still Life 1945.(Bonhams .June 2016.)

On Good Friday

The Stations of The Cross below, were made for All Saints Chapel in Truro Cathedral . They depict The Passion. The ten paintings were first on view, on site, in 2013.

At this important time in the Christian Calendar , we reflect on human frailty , injustice and corruption. And yet we witness the strength of the human spirit and astonishing kindness in people, as the world struggles to cope with the coronavirus.

Jesus praying, an angel, lamb of god, oil painting, gold leaf, woman artist ,Gallery , religious art, Gethsemane,Truro Cathedral, All Saints Chapel, Cornwall. Stations of The Cross. Easter. Christian Calendar
Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane
Jesus with Pilate, Pilates wife, oil painting, gold leaf, woman artist ,Gallery , religious art, Truro Cathedral, All Saints Chapel, Cornwall, Christ is condemned. Easter. Christian Calendar, Stations of The Cross.
Jesus is Condemned
Jesus carries the cross, bullying,children play with guns, oil painting, woman artist ,Gallery , religious art,Truro Cathedral, All Saints Chapel, Cornwall.Stations of The Cross. Easter. Christian Calendar
The cross is laid upon Jesus.
Jesus as a baby,Mary mother of Jesus, oil painting, gold leaf, woman artist ,Gallery , religious art,Truro Cathedral, All Saints Chapel, Cornwall.Stations of The Cross, The Passion.A Mothers love and suffering. Easter. Christian Calendar
Jesus meets his mother
Christ carries the cross,  oil painting, gold leaf, woman artist ,Gallery , religious art,Truro Cathedral, All Saints Chapel, Cornwall.Stations of The Cross.The Passion. Grief, kindness of strangers. Easter. Christian Calendar
Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
Christ carries the cross,  oil painting, gold leaf, woman artist ,Gallery , religious art,Truro Cathedral, All Saints Chapel, Cornwall.Stations of The Cross.The Passion. GriefEaster. Christian Calendar
Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
Christ on The Cross,Christ calls out to God the Father, the sky goes black, angels,  oil painting, gold leaf, woman artist ,Gallery , religious art,Truro Cathedral, All Saints Chapel, Cornwall.Stations of The Cross. The Passion. Easter. Christian Calendar
The Crucifixion
Christ is taken down from the cross, Mary suffers,Christ ascends to God the Father, angels,  oil painting, gold leaf, woman artist ,Gallery , religious art,Truro Cathedral, All Saints Chapel, Cornwall.Stations of The Cross.Easter.Christian Calendar,
Jesus is taken down from The Cross
Jesus laid to rest in the tomb,Mary magdalene, oil painting, gold leaf, woman artist ,Gallery , religious art,Truro Cathedral, All Saints Chapel, Cornwall.Stations of The Cross.The Passion. Easter.Christian calendar. Death.
Jesus in the tomb
Christ saves souls, angel,  oil painting, gold leaf, woman artist ,Gallery , religious art,Truro Cathedral, All Saints Chapel, Cornwall.Stations of The Cross.The Passion, Easter. Christian Calendar
The Resurrection

I stretched out my hands and approached my Lord: For the stretching of my hands is His sign: My expansion is the outspread tree which was set up on the way of the Righteous One. And I became of no account to those who did not take hold of me; and I shall be with those who love me.

The Odes of Solomon, ODE 42.

Wait Without Hope

By T.S.Eliot

Finch, Bird,Oil painting, Cornish artist, women artists,  galleries, bird in art, illustration of a finch,
Finch.Oil on wood.

I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope
For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love,
For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith
But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.
Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought:
So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.
Whisper of running streams, and winter lightning.
The wild thyme unseen and the wild strawberry,
The laughter in the garden, echoed ecstasy
Not lost, but requiring, pointing to the agony
Of death and birth.

T. S. Eliot, East Coker

Old friends at Market House Gallery.

I was reacquainted last week with two paintings I made many years ago, recently acquired by Paul Longthorne, the Director of Market House Gallery, Marazion.

Oil painting, child with ducks, Zoe Cameron, Gallery, art for sale , Modern art, art collectors,Cornish artist, women artists.Children in art.

The earlier of the two is this oil painting, ‘ Girl with Ducks’ dated 1984. 

In the 1980’s, I made number of painting exploring the theme of relationships between children and animals … cats and ducks in particular. This painting was made when I lived in a rural cottage between Gloucester and Ledbury. There I had a small studio with a window that overlooked a few dwellings and fields towards the town. During those years, I was selling work through, what was then, Rooksmoor Mills Gallery, Nailsworth and the Arts Centre Cirencester.

In 1987, we moved to Cornwall, and for many years I rented an Acme Studio in the Old Net loft at Porthleven. The new studio and location naturally influenced my work in many ways, and it also gave me the opportunity to have people to model for me, like Paula, recorded in this oil painting below, at the time she had begun the male to female transition .

oil painting, male to female transition, porthleven artists studios, Zoe Cameron, Gallery,
Paula.

If you wish to contact the gallery about either of these paintings, here is the link – http://www.markethousegallery.co.uk

A large painting shown in progress in the studio of healing Archangel Raphael.

SACRED VISIONS & STORIES.

In a new category in the web shop, I thought I’d share some of the paintings I have in the studio that have never been seen, that were made for Sacred spaces.

‘One Hundred Painted Vows’. 

These paintings are my response to the avalanche of information we deal with every day, and the feeling that important moments and events were not being given the time they deserved. In response I made this collection of paintings which tell the stories of both personal and international events I wanted to mark over a number of years.

The work also pays homage to the tradition of the Ex Votive and Christian offerings, which are made by and for members of the public. For displayed within a church, they remind the visiting traveller, that there is a shared common good in the world, and invite the Pilgrim to leave their own prayer or thanks vow.

  • Detail : One Hundred Painted Vows. Rows of small oil paintings line the wall. In each the artist has recorded with an image and text a significant personal or world event .
  • ExVoto.paintings of World events.

One Hundred Painted Vows.

Archangel Michael and Archangel Raphael. Diptych.

These two very large paintings on board were made for the ceiling of my studio. If you have an interest in angels, you will know that each of these Divine messengers has a different role written down and painted through history. Archangel Michael fights evil and defends integrity . Archangel Raphael brings to us a regenerative healing life force.

I apologise for the basic photos , they were just quick pictures of work in progress. For information on size etc , click link in shop below.

A painting of Arch Angel Michael, Diptych.
Archangel Michael in progress in the studio.
A large painting of healing angel Raphael
In the studio . Archangel Raphael in progress.

Archangel Michael. Diptych .

Archangel Raphael. Diptych.

In memory of ‘Sleeping’ Children.

In 2014 I was invited to decorate Godolphin chapel for one day in August. The space is known as the healing chapel . With this in mind, two of the paintings that I made were entitled Sleep I & II. In them I reflect on the death of a child , the darkest experience a parent and family could ever have, and to honour the life long sadness for a sibling as angels watch over in that darkest hour.

A Painting of a child that has passed away at night . An Angel watches over above.
Sleep II
A Painting of Sisters cuddle up on the sofa. One has passed away. An Angel watches over above.
Sleep I

Sleep I & Sleep II

The Garden of Eden, Adam & Eve.

Again, these were a part of the 2014 Godolphin healing chapel paintings. I decided to paint, ‘where trouble began’ in the Bible, with the story of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, when Adam took that bite from the apple, it’s healing that we need after trouble strikes.

Garden of Eden - Painting of Adam with the snake. Diptych.
Painting of Adam with the snake. Diptych.
Painting of Eve in the garden of Eden. Diptych.
Eve. Diptych .Oil on board.

From the garden of Eden . Adam and Eve. Diptych

A Painting of theatrical figures wearing masks.

Belgian artist, James Ensor is considered an uncompromising painter and printmaker, an innovator of his time, 1860-1949 . Some of his theatrical, macabre and unconventional subject matter made him notable to me as a young student, but the skills he employed throughout his career seem masterly to me now. 

It was while studying at Art College at the end of the 1970’s, that I was introduced to this artists extraordinary work by our art history lecturer Peter Gorga, a generous and eccentric tutor who shared with us his deep understanding and appreciation of art and artists.

Here, I offer a few examples of Ensors unnerving subject matter to celebrate Halloween, and to remember this truly skilled, avant-garde artist. 

James Ensor. ‘Skeleton Stopping The Masks’. Oil on canvas.1891.
https://www.sothebys.com/en/articles/james-ensor-the-man-the-mask
Auction 2016 Paris.
Estimate :1,000,000 — 1,500,000 EUR. 
Lot Sold – 7,357,500 EUR 
 ’Skeletons fighting for the Body of a hanged Man’. Oil on canvas. 1891. James Ensor
(meemoo,Flemish Institute archives) https://artinflanders.be
‘Skeleton painter in His Atelier‘. Oil on canvas. James Ensor. 
(meemoo,Flemish Institute archives) https://artinflanders.be
Skeletons trying to warm themselves’.Etching. James Ensor.
(meemoo,Flemish Institute archives) https://artinflanders.be
‘Intrigue’. James Ensor .
(meemoo, Flemish Institute archives)

Endangered species & our planet

I have brought together 10 paintings that are a part of the series ‘100 painted vows’ made some years ago . Each of them was made in response to Media or News articles. I felt the need to honour the subject matter in the only way I know, through painting, in this case as Ex Votives, both as an offering and a record of that time.

With the prospect of one million plant and animal species in danger of extinction. Sir David Attenborough’s documentary Extinction: The Facts, again gives us the stark warning that humans urgently need to work together to stop the destruction.

painting of dead pangolin hanging on a line and mother and baby alive, with another up a tree. Asia/Africa . One Pangolin is illegally taken from the wild every 5 minutes. A newly discovered fingerprint technique may help to save them from extinction.
17th February 2018. Asia/Africa . One Pangolin is illegally taken from the wild every 5 minutes. A newly discovered fingerprint technique may help to save them from extinction. Oil on board. 100 painted vows.
Painting about Global Warming.On the right hand side of the painting a Polar bear stands on a tiny island of ice, behind him ships , aircraft and cars pump out CO2. To the left in the foreground an elephant is dying of thirst being helped to drink and a baby kangaroo has bandaged limbs from injury in Australian bush fires.
Title – 2017. Global warming. Oil on board. 100 painted vows.
Ex Votive/Painting about Africa showing a broken Aircraft, houses, people using a freezer as a boat, and a man asking for help with cattle swimming in the flood. Cyclone Idai reminds us of the impact of Climate change . 120 mile an hour winds, then floods caused death and devastation to people and animals.
March 15th 2019. Africa. Cyclone Idai reminds us of the impact of Climate change . 120 mile an hour winds, then floods caused death and devastation to people and animals. Oil on board. 100 painted vows.
Ex Votive.Painting Title - August 2018. Indonesia & Malaysia. Our destruction of the rainforest for palm oil is driving Orangutan’s and other native wildlife towards extinction. Oil on board.100 painted vows.A young Orangutan hangs in front of landscape showing empty red soil where forest has been cut down, machines cut down a tree with an Orangutang sitting in it, beyond farmers shoot fleeing wildlife.
Title – August 2018. Indonesia & Malaysia. Our destruction of the rainforest for palm oil is driving Orangutan’s and other native wildlife towards extinction. Oil on board. 100 painted vows.
Painting about Pennine Moor, Lancashire, UK.It shows men fighting the flames as night falls, with cattle watching in the landscape . The Army helped over 100 firefighters to battle the worst Wildfire there in living memory. It's been burning for weeks. Ex Votive.
Oil on board. 100 painted vows
24th June 2018. Pennine Moor, Lancashire, UK. The Army helped over 100 firefighters to battle the worst Wildfire there in living memory. It’s been burning for weeks. Oil on board. 100 painted vows
Painting about Hawaii. Kilauea Volcano erupts.Volunteers braved molten lava and fumes to rescue pets and animals on Big Island.Molten lava runs down the road towards a woman in a wheel chair with a parrot and dogs, a child with a caged rabbit and a woman who has rescued a dog and sheep. Ex Votive
15th May 2018. Hawaii. Kilauea Volcano erupts.Volunteers braved molten lava and fumes to rescue pets and animals on Big Island. Oil on board. 100 painted vows.
Painting about caged birds in Indonesia. Stacked up cages with owls and other birds tethered to posts. Tens of thousands of the local wild birds are trapped, sold and kept in captivity.
October 2017. Indonesia.Tens of thousands of the local wild birds are trapped, sold and kept in captivity. Oil on board. 100 painted vows.
painting- Scientists warn that our insects could e extinct in a century-3 rows of 16 insects painted to represent a victorian display case of dead insects.Includes beetles, butterfly-moth-spider-stag beetle
March 7th 2019. Scientists warn that our insects could be extinct in a century .
Oil on board. 100 painted vows
Painting showing The last wild born male Northern White Rhino that died in Kenya 2018. It also shows people using its horn in different ways. Humans are driving a new era of mass extinction around the world. Oil on board. 100 painted vows, Ex votive.
20th March 2018. Kenya. The last wild born male Northern White Rhino died. Humans are driving a new era of mass extinction around the world. Oil on board. 100 painted vows.
Painting showing Sir David Attenborough.  showing us our plastic is killing marine life and birds, and that we need to clean up.Two figures behind him throw down plastic and a puffin flies in from the sea to feed its chick with plastic rubbish.
Oil on board. 100 painted vows, Ex votive.
2018. UK. Thanks for Sir David Attenborough. He has shown us our plastic is killing marine life and birds, and that we need to clean up.
Oil on board. 100 painted vows.

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Counting Butterflies.

Its that time of year again . Between Friday 17th of July and Sunday August 9th we are encouraged to keep an eye on the health of the butterfly and moth populations out there in our gardens and environment. If like me you are not confident , don’t worry, there is a chart to down load to help with identification.

Right, I’ve got their information , now all I need is a promising looking spot in the garden, a cup of tea and my glasses .

painting- of a boy with butterflies around him, a little girl and her dog and a grandmother and grandchild walking away in search of butterflies. Butterflies and Moths Annual National Survey .Oil on board . 100 painted vows.
Title. July 20th – 12th August 2018 . Many people join in and count Butterflies and Moths for the Annual National Survey .
Oil on board. 100 painted vows.
painting- Scientists warn that our insects could e extinct in a century-3 rows of 16 insects painted to represent a victorian display case of dead insects.Includes beetles, butterfly-moth-spider-stag beetle
Endangered insects. Oil on board 2019.100 painted vows.

https://bigbutterflycount.butterfly-conservation.org

Auction of Art and Antiques .

On Tuesday the 16th June, Barbara Kirk Auctions is holding an Online Sale of Antiques, Art and collectors items at 10am .

I have learned that a small framed painting, one of a bird series I produced some years ago is in this sale . Lot 294.’Figure and Birds III.’ Oil on board. Signed & dated . 10 x 15cm.

Through life I have felt at one with nature, but there is something about birds , their song, beauty and fragility that has me returning to them again and again as subject matter.  At the time of painting this in 1999 I was working on the theme of figures and birds in harmony within the landscape, and I had a tiny edition of prints made of some of them.

If you take a look at the Auction , you will also discover a large collection of Bob Bourne paintings, with proceeds and commissions from that work donated to a cancer charity.

https://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/barbara-kirk-auctions/catalogue-id-srbar10063/lot-8ac49006-718a-4ebb-9db4-abd000a4d0d3

Lot 294. ZOE CAMERON. ‘Figure and Birds III.’ Oil on board. Signed & dated 10 x 15cm.
Bob Bourne . Lot 356

The sick child

A much loved child in our family has from infancy suffered with illness and hospitalisation, it is every mothers nightmare.

On instagram, a mother shared a picture of her beautiful child in a deep sleep, ill in bed.

These intense moments , the quiet waiting , the love, the unquantifiable beauty of a child in their vulnerability is why I made this painting.

Painting of a child sick in bed, sleeping with an angel flying above keeping watch.
The sick child. Oil on board. 200 x 250mm

The London Marathon.

For all those amazing people out there who should have been running the London Marathon this weekend to support and help charities. You inspired me to make this painting in 2018 .

Oil painting of the London Marathon  with flags and runners in fancy-dress in front of Buckingham palace and the sate of queen Victoria
The London Marathon . Oil on board . April 2018.

The Marquess of Bath.

I am saddened to hear of the death of The Marquess of Bath , taken by the Coronavirus.

Without exception, I found him to be a kind and interesting man. Alexander lived life on his own terms , colourful , creative and a free spirit , and will be greatly missed by all of his friends and family.  

Alexander Thynn portrait, Lord Bath,7th Marquess of Bath, Woman Artist, Longleat House, eccentric man. Gallery, Painting of Lord Bath.
Oil on board. 2002. Portrait study.

This Mothers Day.

Porthleven anemones, Mothers day, Cornish flowers in the window ,women artists, gallery, oil painting, still life.
Cornish Anemones in the window. Oil on wood.

To all you Mum’s out there, a special thank you !

And, we remember those cherished Mums no longer with us x .

On Valentines Day.

Valentines day.Oil painting.Still life.Summers day.Flowers in a vase.

“IT’S ALL I HAVE TO BRING TODAY” BY EMILY DICKINSON

It’s all I have to bring today—

This, and my heart beside—

This, and my heart, and all the fields—

And all the meadows wide—

Be sure you count—should I forget

Some one the sum could tell—

This, and my heart, and all the Bees

Which in the Clover dwell.

Painting in which the Image portrays a bully ( like a machine), who controls 4 angry dogs, while abusing a victim.

On Anti bullying week.

We all recognise that bullying is delivered in a variety of guises. As it is anti bullying week and ironically there is a bit about it in the news , I wanted to put this post up to support two much loved and bright female members of my family . They know all about what its like to be targeted by a bully and their enabling ‘bully monkeys’, (the folks that protect the abuser in order to benefit from the bully’s actions).

As soon as someone who has been really out of order, tells you its ok because they are passionate, or the victim here, or worse they pretend to defend a cause they don’t give a damn about, or say it didn’t happened , as a means of excusing their abusive, insulting, intimidating or humiliating actions , … the red light should go on .

A cautionary warning for the loyal supporters of a bully, ( who are accumulated for use in the abusers ‘stable’), your position is precarious , they will throw you under the bus without a care …. especially if you do not , support them without question loud and clear, if you can see though them, or if they just need another target to add to their endless trail of a misery, damage and destruction .

In my experience the abuser has a fragile ego and needs to put on a ‘show’, (be abusive), regularly. This ‘maintains control ‘ of how they are perceived ( perhaps as dictator or victim today, maybe both at the same time), and this keeps supporters in line, but more important, these bulling episodes provide the cover, for all stuff they really want to keep hidden about themselves.

Painting in which the Image portrays a bully ( like a machine), who controls 4 angry dogs, while abusing a victim.
The tyrant ll. Triptych. Mixed media on board.
Happy children playing
Happy children playing

So stay in the light, grow stronger and be happy x.

To read more on this topic , in a more in-depth blog – Who tilts the scales?

Edward Elgar.

Its known that many of Edward Elgar’s compositions were inspired by the Malvern Hills and surrounding countryside. I discovered a love of his music and the place when I lived nearby, having graduated from Art College.

Listening to this , I am returned to a time spent walking on those hills. We climbed to the top on a clear morning, catching breath, standing on the short dewy grass nibbled by rabbits . In total awe of the view below , feeling like birds in the sky. On one side the black welsh mountains , the other, sweeping green countryside, dotted with tiny houses.

Elgar put his deepest thoughts , experiences and sorrows into this work. It never ceases to move me, his expression of profound emotion a connection to a time and place.

The wonderful Paul Tortelier plays Elgar cello concerto 1st movement

Elgar cello concerto 1st movement . Paul Tortelier.

Family shopping .

Detail from a painting entitled Family shopping -It shows a person with a paper bag on their head wearing yellow rubber gloves to open his wallet while his partner beyond wears a mask made from a kellogg's  cereal packet and black bin liner while shopping during the Coronavirus Pandemic 2020.
Detail. Family shopping .Oil on board. 2020

This Pandemic has been life changing for everyone. Many people have suffered very badly, and it continues to be a difficult time on so many levels .

As a painter and visual narrator , one of the more curious sights to emerge over the last few months has been the very inventive masks that people have made, using the most unexpected materials. Modifying and adapting whatever is to hand, in an attempt to keep safe when leaving home.

The result has been an amazing array of videos and photographs on line, which record the unusual as standard or somehow ordinary now.

With this in mind, I wanted to celebrate our inventiveness in an emergency, and mark that moment in society when the eccentric became quite ordinary.

Auction of Cornish art.

These paintings from an estate, are coming up for sale at Lays on June 11th 2020.

The paintings I have made over the decades have become a visual diary and a record of life . Those below were owned by a dear friend , who often came to my studios . When I see them, I am reminded of the original influences and inspiration for them.

This is a painting I made of John in 1987. At the time, he was the harbourmaster when I had an Acme Studio in Porthleven. He was a man of few words , out in all weathers organising the boats and keeping the place tidy. His office was next to the stone steps that took me up the second floor studio that I shared with my dog Ruby.

Painting of the harbourmaster Porthleven. Man side profile in a cap with nets beyond.
Lot 214.

The painting below, is all about a tiny black cat that we rescued when we lived in a cottage in Gloucestershire . He was a scraggy little thing , very under fed, the vet had told us he had kidney damage from rat poison,  so he had ongoing health issues, anyway, he lived out the rest of his life happily with us. Although, he never grew , he was always like this , affectionate, and shy, with wide eyes.

Lot 214A . Girl with cat by the sea

In the 1980’s we had visited family that lived in Spain. While there, we took the opportunity to go to Madrid to see the wonderful Goya paintings in the Prado . That day, we came across a flea market in a square, and I bought a rustic painted and carved wooden duck . Sadly, I think it was originally intended as a decoy. But back in the studio , the carving inspired this colour palette and a new narrative .

Lot 215. Figure with Ducks.

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Spring.

While walking along a Cornish lane near home, I saw a Swift swoop and glide over a tall green hedge ahead of me. The arrival of these beautiful birds who have flown all the way from Africa is a welcome sight, as they bring with them spring and summer days.

In this poem by Keats , he expresses his love of nature , the joy it can bring, and reminds us to enjoy it while we can. The line, ‘when all the birds are faint with the hot sun’, reminds me of childhood and empty summer holidays exploring the countryside. I’d take myself off to watch crickets, and discover other strange and fascinating bugs and beetles in some wild spot.

On the Grasshopper and Cricket.
A poem by John Keats.

The Poetry of earth is never dead:    
  When all the birds are faint with the hot sun,    
  And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run    
From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead;    
That is the Grasshopper’s—he takes the lead      
  In summer luxury,—he has never done    
  With his delights; for when tired out with fun    
He rests at ease beneath some pleasant weed.    
The poetry of earth is ceasing never:    
  On a lone winter evening, when the frost     
    Has wrought a silence, from the stove there shrills    
The Cricket’s song, in warmth increasing ever,    
  And seems to one in drowsiness half lost,    
    The Grasshopper’s among some grassy hills.

Hans Hoffmann.1580. Museum of prints and Drawings, Berlin, Germany.

Thank You to all frontline workers.

I would like to join in thanking all of those good people who risk their own wellbeing to help others during the Corona Virus pandemic. Their acts of selflessness are the building blocks for us all when this difficult time has passed.

Artists over the years have naturally been inspired to record their experience of the medical profession.

I have chosen a few favourites to share with you .

Keep busy, take care of those you love and stay safe x.

Stanley Spencer tea in the Hospital Ward,zoe cameron blog
Stanley Spencer. Tea in the Hospital Ward . Sandham Memorial Chapel .1932.
Dame Barbara Hepworth. Concentration of the hands II.
Dame Barbara Hepworth. Concentration of the hands II. 1948. Hepworth Estate.
Dame Barbara Hepworth, study for a Surgeon robing.
Dame Barbara Hepworth, study for a Surgeon robing . Barbara Hepworth Gallery Wakefield.
Dame Barbara Hepworth .Prelude II.
Dame Barbara Hepworth .Prelude II. Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge. Hepworth Estate.
Sir John Lavery. The First Wounded London Hospital 1914 oil.
Sir John Lavery. The First Wounded London Hospital. Oil . 1914.
Van Gogh Hospital Ward in Arles
Van Gogh Hospital Ward in Arles. Oil . 1889 .
Zeng Fanzhi, Hospital Triptych no.1, 1991. Oil.
Zeng Fanzhi, Hospital Triptych no.1. Oil .1991.

Stay Safe x.

These are difficult times, but some will be finding life much worse because of the lock down.

This painting sends a message of love to those courageous children, men , women and animals who suffer the ongoing torment of living with a member of The Dark Triad, who demand their daily abuse fix. 

Dark Triad, Oil Painting, Still life, Woman artist, Angels, Sea view,Cornwall, message of love, flowers in a jug, gallery, collectors,

First Light.
Domestic Abuse & Sexual Violence Service

Helpline: 0300 777 4777
Professionals’ Enquiry Line : 01872 241 711
Non-secure emailsaferfutures@firstlight.org.uk
Secure email: saferfutures@firstlight.cjsm.net

The little Nurse.

It looks like we may have to do a bit of this , and take extra care of one another for a while x.

Nurse, oil painting, child and pet dog, Cornish painter, women artist,  collectors
The little nurse. oil on board. 2003

Holocaust Memorial day.

Holocaust Memorial Day is the anniversary of the day in 1945, when allied troops entered the largest concentration camp Auschwitz.

Today I wish to add my respects to Holocaust Survivors , and remember all those who suffered and perished.  

This day is a reminder that reasonable people rationalise poisonous words of hate, to dehumanise and justify inhumanity.

Better to harness the positive power of words to build bridges, to create and not to destroy.

Holocaust Memorial Day. Auschwitch ll Berkenau. Hungarian Jewish Children 1944,Prayers.
Prayer Painting : Holocaust Memorial Day 2018 . It records
1944, Auschwitch ll Berkenau where the images I used at the top of this painting were found on the walls of the concentration camp, drawn for the children. The figures I have painted below are of Hungarian Jewish Children and an Elderly Woman on their the way to the Gas Chambers .

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