Her Heart Poetry presents Monique Oliver ǀ @moniqueoliverart. Her work graces the cover of our October 2016 Anthology.
A word with Monique:
Born in Hawaii, under a water sign, but raised in the UK, it was many years before I returned, but looking out the plane window and counting 7 rainbows across the sky, I fell in love before touch down.
A year later I had to return to the UK so I left, not knowing if I would ever make it back. 9 years on and not a day goes by that I don’t think about my time there.
Discovering painting last year, I knew within minutes of first picking up a brush I had finally found my calling and a whole new world opened up. Health issues prevent extended periods of brushwork and the fluid art allows me longer painting time. Offers started coming in fast and right now I have a group exhibition in Rome, an invitation for representation with a New York gallery and pieces going on display in Florence. I’ve made connections with hugely talented people, it’s been an incredible journey so far and I feel extremely blessed that so many people like my work.
Only recently have I come to appreciate the huge influence my birth-place has on my art, “those” Polynesian-esque colours, the patterns and movement, the sea – it all seems so obvious in hind-sight!
They stay with you, those islands and I’m in good company – the writer Mark Twain sums it up so much better than I could ever hope to:
“No other land could so longingly and so beseechingly haunt me, sleeping and waking, through half a lifetime, as that one has done. Other things leave me, but it abides. Other things change, but it remains the same. For me the balmy airs are always blowing, its summer seas flashing in the sun; the pulsing of its surfbeat is in my ear.”
And I realise now – I paint – because it reminds me of home.