I love a good love story. Tales of how people met, reading through other people’s letters or hearing stories of enduring passion despite time, distance or ill health. It should come as no surprise then that I too have my very own love story; but it saddened me that my own story, like so many others, was confined to sacred words on a page, which now lay hidden in a drawer. Thus began my mission to find the perfect artist to bring my tale to life.
Enter – Meredith Gaston: Artist, illustrator, kindergallery owner and general positive spirit.
The first thing you will learn about Meredith is the warmth she exudes. The second, if you’re lucky, is that she too is deeply romantic. Much like myself, Meredith met her partner by chance and within weeks had made the move to Germany to be with him. If I was looking for a sign that could be the perfect artist to bring a love story to life, surely this was it.
As Meredith welcomed me into her home (now the Blue Mountains, Australia), the care for her surroundings was evident. The joy with which she spoke about the history of her heritage cottage, the carefully placed watering can perched on a bench, or the wooden logs stacked by her stove (adoringly hand coloured in chalk) for a special touch.
Every little element had come from a place of love.
It is this joy that exudes from her artwork,
fills her studio,
and inspires the pages of her best selling books (Tucked In and 101 Moments of Joy)
Although it is obvious that Meredith’s artwork comes from a heart that is very real and honest it was interesting to hear that the idea of portraying happiness as an emotion through artwork was something Meredith grappled with initially. The cliché of the brooding or struggling artist is long portrayed but so too the notion that art has to be “somber” in order to be notable.
Thankfully for the world however, Meredith has taken advice on life and art from individuals such as the acclaimed Concita Caranbano and has listened to her own heart. Collectively, this has taken her where she is today; making a very real name for herself, inspiring others with her positive affirmations, warm colours and her signature form.
For Meredith, the girl who appears throughout her artwork has been a constant. “She’s you and she’s me” reflects Meredith. “Her face has changed but I’ve drawn her since I was 15.” As we looked over early sketches that filled her old notebooks documenting life and travels from Meredith’s early life I was taken with how much talent was present at such a young age.
For Meredith art has always been about expression and about love. It’s not a cliché, it’s very real indeed. “Love is precious, love should be shared and inspire others” she continues. I think I had found my perfect storyteller.
To learn more about Meredith and view her works visit http://www.meredithgaston.com
To learn more about kindergallery, run by Meredith and her partner Kevin, visit http://kindergallery.com
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