Gaudium Vitae - Joy of Life

I came across a sunflower field in a most unexpected place, just after lockdown on an unexpected day of escape from what had become the norm. The sunflower field epitomised life at every stage. Indeed, the species name annus referes to the plant's annual life cycle. 'Gaudium Vitae' translates from latin as 'the joy of life'. I wanted the paintings to be explosions of light, shape and colour. Like fireworks - celebrating - or deep space star constellations - places of creation.

80.5 w x 106 h cm (Framed 123 w x 146.5 h cm) Oil, mixed media and gesso on board in dramatic 18th Century Italian gilded antique frame with perfect patination