Jennifer Long and Tulips in Giverny
Jennifer Long exhibition
Katherine Feeney | April 28, 2008
Genre The Arts
Location Graydon Gallery
Address 29 Merthyr Road, New Farm
Date Until May 11
Brisbane artist Jennifer Long possessed a desire to travel, finally doing so in 2006 as a cancer survivor in her early-fifties where she found the inspiration for her latest exhibition, Recollections, now current at New Farm's Graydon Gallery.
Reflecting on memories of her second journey abroad to Italy and France, Long's latest collection of 50 works, in oil and ink, feature the blue doors, green shuttered windows, rose pink stripes and stained glass that comprised Europe's structural landscape and exhibition stimuli.
"My paintings are like pages in a travelling notebook," says Long of the creative and personal journey she took with her husband.
"It's the detail that attracts me and there's a little story, told through snippets of life and a moment in time, whether it's people in conversation outside a shop or the stillness and magical light of Lago di Garda, a lake in northern Italy.
Jennifer paints everyday in her studio at St Lucia on the easel her brother, Peter, made for her 21st birthday. She is surrounded by her own colourful art and whimsical collections of shells, stones and pieces of broken china and pottery. She looks out over a rambling, tropical garden and listens to classical music while she works.
"I feel great happiness when I paint - it's my lifeblood," Jennifer explained. "It helped get me through some dark days and I can always count on painting to pick me up whenever I feel low."