The Dreamscapes Collection - A Soulful Response to Chopin and Gershwin
How do I begin talking about the heart and motivation behind the Dreamscapes collection? There is something inherently difficult about putting emotions into words, do you know what I mean?
Let’s start with the inspiration. The initial inspiration for these paintings come from a book where a woman goes to offer companionship to a cranky older lady. Both women have a troubled past, but with their pride, play game of wills. A piano sits in the older woman’s house, gathering dust - a reminder of a seemingly happy past, but also a reminder of her dead twin sister and lost love. The younger woman plays, but no longer for herself, for her heart has been locked up and the key lost years ago.
The key pieces of music running throughout this book are Chopin's Nocturne No. 21 in C Minor, Op. posth., and George Gershwin’s, Porgy and Bess, Act 1: Summertime (I like the piano version).
Both pieces captured my heart, mind and imagination and evoked a deep feeling of melancholy and yearning. The Dreamscapes paintings are an active reaction to an attempt to capture these universal feelings, these moments in time on a painting while whispering stories of hidden pasts, loves, dreams, hopes, and possibly, forgiveness.