Healing, Garden of Hope is a mixed media collage diptych is on permanent display at UK HealthCare Chandler Hospital, Lexington, KY. It was commissioned for the Teresa
Garbulinska Annual Premier Concert Series which is an
annual feature of the Lucille Caudill Little Performing Arts in HealthCare
Program, UK HealthCare.
In 2011 the concert featured violinist Midori. A limited edition of Giclée
prints was created for gifts to the donors of UK HealthCare.
my Corgi on a late June morning I found 2 four leaf clovers, which alerted me
to a cheerful day ahead. When the project to create artwork for the Midori
concert was explained I immediately felt akin to it. The idea to paint, draw
and collage a “Garden of Healing, Garden of Hope” came to mind. I resonate with
Midori’s concepts about sense of place and peace being a state of mind, one
that resides inside. I set about to conjure images that would convey a sense of
comfort, peace, healing and hope to the viewer; gardens for the heart. A lovely
woman, Minori, taught me how to write the Kanji for healing and hope. Peony and
lotus are symbols for healing, as are leaves of arnica, yarrow and Clary sage, Reiki
symbol and healing hands. Chrysanthemum and almond blossom are symbols for hope
as well as origami crane, poppy, rose and hoya petals. Drawings of violin
shapes bring music to the gardens, mica reflects light and the clovers share
their luck. It is an honor to be a part of the Teresa Garbulinska Annual Premier Concert Series, and a meaningful one. My father
was a pianist whose love was Chopin. He and my mother met in Japan, where I was
born. Through this artwork I share peace with you.