THE HEART OF IT By: Gwen Spinks

Gwen works with acrylics on canvas … and loves everything about them. “I love using palette knives to create rich textures; rags to create moods & contrast; brushes to … well, the rest!” This show is a collection of old and new work. Small and large. Animals and hearts … the canvas always leads the way.

In November of 2011 I began my journey with paint and it was in that same month I painted my first heart. It is still one of my favourites and they continue to call to me.

I’ve found it’s not what I paint … it’s the planning that has gotten me into trouble. There have been times when I’ve wanted to do one thing or another, like a landscape or an animal but instead a heart appears. It won’t be ignored or painted over – it wants to be big and BOLD! The longer I resist; the longer I try to impose my will the worse things gets! However, once I open my heart to possibilities that are beyond my will, beyond my understanding then it all gets easier! Kinda like!