The back label story...
This is Tamzen on the left and my daughter Sarah on the right, both age 10. We’ve been down at the park this afternoon, in Oak Bay BC. Canada, enjoying a beautiful fall day. They had planned to spend the afternoon on the computer, playing games. But I managed to coerce them out. The sun is low in the sky... it’s golden hour.
This golden hour seemed like brief, insignificant moment in their lives. But in hind sight, it was in fact the last time they saw each other as friends. We did bump into Tamzen, in passing, a year later, at the Oak Bay Tea Party, our annual local fair. Sarah is now 14 years old and there have been 4 years of golden hours in between. In that time Sarah’s life and friends have changed. Tamzen has moved on as well. They don’t see each other anymore, but I’ve learned they have recently become Facebook friends.
Since Sarah moved to another town, she has broken away from all her Victoria friends. I think because it’s difficult enough to maintain one life and set of friends, let alone two. A decision she made for her own sanity.
Roots are important for a sense of home. The 150 miles between us are a stretch for those roots. It’s a reality that we all have to deal with and adjust too.
So that’s why I painted this and most of my other works. To remember and celebrate those golden moments of the past and to anticipate the golden moments yet to come, whatever the circumstance of our lives. Mark Heine