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Fire and Ice – Through the Elephant Ears

I am sure most rural children had a favourite pond where they liked to skate and I am fairly certain hockey was involved on some level. It didn’t matter how big or how small or how bad the ice was, if you could lace up a pair of ice skates a hockey game ensued. In the story Fire and Ice I write: “If we were lucky the ice was smooth, having been frozen on a windless day, but usually it was bumpy, and if the water was low clumps of crusty straw poked through the ice and had to be shaved off with a skate blade.”

When I was a child we had a pond just like this behind our house, and the kids in my neighbourhood also fought over the ice, some of us wanting to skate and some of us wanting to play hockey. That was the tidbit of memory I used to create the fictional story, Fire and Ice.

Tidbits, bits and bobs, snippets, whatever you want to call them, are what I used to build all of the stories in Through the Elephant Ears. I took a simple memory and built a narrative around that memory. In some cases I used more than one memory and filled in the rest with imagination. For anyone who knows me personally they will see similarities to me and my family, but how could anyone not? ‘They’ say, write what you know. So, I reiterate this is not a memoir, these are stories about growing up in a small town, any small town really. My aim is to take my readers back to a place and time that was much simpler, but still universal in theme. Everyone has a desire to be liked, to be loved, to be successful in something, anything. Everyone feels jealousy and envy, anger and fear, or has felt unworthy at some point in their life. Everyone has hopes and desires,is curious and at times idealistic. And you would be hard pressed to find anyone who didn’t want acceptance and peace.

Fire and Ice is the fifth story in the collection. It is here that Kat meets her first love and it is here that Kat realizes a much bigger truth about relationships.

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My Book!

Besides painting, my other love is writing and recently I’ve released my collection of short stories called, Through the Elephant Ears. It is the words to my water paintings, the source of my inspiration and the basis of my creativity. I hope you find these stories a welcome compliment to my art and enjoy them on a sentimental level or simply a view into a past decade.

Surrounded by poverty, depression, alcoholism and petty town jealousies, Kat must navigate through adolescence towards a brighter future without being crushed by the darkness that never seems to relent. This collection of 14 short stories follows Kat through significant life events: relationships, under-aged drinking, and teen aged pregnancy, as well as some not-so-typical occurrences. Kat views life through the eyes of someone much older, and as she experiences life altering guilt, immoral misconduct by adults, the first pangs of love, and a glimpse of the outside world, she becomes more cynical than her young years should allow.

SALE!! It’s that time of year again, time to clear my walls of art to make room for new art! 25% off (plus shipping). See something you want, let me know.

*paintings 36″ x 48″ and larger are more difficult and expensive to ship, but if it’s one you just have to have we will find a way! Currently only have one of this size at the moment.

Art at the Pumphouse, Niagara-on-the-lake

Thanks to all who made this my best show ever! So many people felt the same way as I do about trees, about water, and about nature. It was great to meet each and everyone of you. The weather was a bit warm, but really what did we have to complain about? One of my paintings has found a forever-home in North Carolina, giving me another state I can add to my international location map. Shout-out to Exotic Jelly for the delicious treats! Many thanks to the Pumphouse and the countless volunteers who make such tremendous efforts to ensure the vendors and customers are happy. Can’t wait to do it all over again next year. But now it’s on to the South Niagara Studio Tour this coming weekend. Lots of map brochures went out, so we are all hoping for a great turn out. See you next weekend!