#7 - 2012 - Freedom, The New Beginning.
This was the last tulip I painted. This tulip is of the most sensitive and emotional nature. I received a phone call on a Tuesday from a man representing the Elgin Street BIA, he had worked at the Tulip Festival in the past and knew of my tulips. The Elgin BIA wanted a tulip created for Minto Park. A special tulip to be placed on sacred ground as this park has a memorial "To honour and to grieve all women abused and murdered by men." Fortunately I have never experienced abuse and therefore I didn't have a personal connection the cause. I did however thoroughly acknowledge the importance of the cause. The following day, I was horrified to learn that I now had a connection to the cause. It was an unfathomable connection at the hand of my husband's boss. My soul was shattered, I cried for a week and was unable to pick up the brush. When I did begin, my focus became a plan of action for women and children in need. I had to focus on the positive action of change, reaching out and receiving the help necessary to break free. When the images were all painted I had one area left to complete, the upper part of the leaves however I could not come up with the appropriate words. I had just made a new FB friend, and as I sat at my computer unable to verbalize, this FB friend posted a phrase of the utmost personal signficance. "Celebrate the moment when the fear of staying replaces the desire to leave. Leaving is celebrating yourself". Angela Sutcliffe. I contacted Angela immediately and explained my project. Angela was pleased to have the message expressed from her heart and soul painted on the tulip and with that, this tulip was complete. And there we have the story of my 7 tulips. All I can say for sure is that life is a mystery and I believe that I was divinely meant to create these tulips. To this day, I do not know the reason why, I may never know.....