As many of you may know, I spent a few months away from the studio over Christmas... quite far away actually. I traveled the East and South Coast of Australia. It’s something I had always wanted to do after never taking that obligatory gap year before or after uni.
An opportunity arose and I took it. It means that I had to put my business on hold for a few months but being self-employed (and having some very understanding customers) allowed for that.
Before I left in October I stocked up all of my 18 galleries and stockists allowing my customers a way to still purchase their Christmas gifts, and perhaps come across some other artists on their trips to the galleries.
I traveled to Australia at the end of October with my parents. We flew to Brisbane and spent two weeks traveling down the East Coast before flying to Port Lincoln to spend some time with family who migrated there many years ago.
The South Coast had to be one of the most picturesque places I’ve ever been to and provided a lot of inspiration for my work. We visited an abundance of coastlines and beaches, the colours of the ocean were like nothing I’ve seen before.
After a month had passed I waved goodbye to the family and flew to meet one of my oldest friends in Melbourne. After spending a few days exploring the city we flew to Cairns to begin our ‘East Coast Adventure’.
I never thought staying in hostels, or backpackers as they’re known over there, would suit me but it really did. It was a fantastic way to meet new people from all over the world and I've come home with a new friend in almost every country... and lots of friends from Essex.
Our action packed remaining 6 weeks involved diving with Great White Sharks, sky diving, white water rafting, scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, kayaking, surfing, exploring islands, spending days on a boat, hot air ballooning and visiting a beach almost every day. My idea of heaven!
Now I've returned I've quickly settled back into the studio and have been stocking up my galleries. I've also been working on a new collection which will be launched shortly. I've been planning my events for the year and will be returning to lots of my previous shows in 2015.