When The British High Commission asks if you would be willing to hang your Welsh landscapes in a Welsh Themed room. The event was to be His Majesty's birthday celebrations at the High Commission residency called Homewood in Wellington.
What do you think my response was?
Delighted, surprised, honoured are just a few words used. It was held on June 30th. 2023 and my works including two new specially created pieces graced the walls of THE WELSH ROOM along with Penderyn whisky and other Welsh specialties.
Her Excellency ,Iona Thomas with Donna purveyor of Penderyn spirits in New Zealand with 'Something Colourful This Way Comes' - Llyn Maelog, Anglesey
Porth Dafarach - SOLD at this fabulous event to a private collector
Ynys Llandwyn on Ynys Mon created especially for the celebration event, as lots of previous Welsh landscapes I have painted have either sold or been commissioned works. Ynys Llandwyn is a magical, tidal island with views across to Eryri - Snowdonia Mountain ranges over on the mainland of Wales.
The other new work completed for the event in acrylic was "Meini Hirion : Standing Stones", Holyhead Park, Anglesey.
These standing stones are less than a mile from where I lived in Holyhead and hold huge meaning for me, with so many memories of playing on top of them and running around them as a child.
In 2017 I painted ' Land of My Mother' 18” x 18” x 1.5 inches 45 cms x 45 x 4 cms
- this daffodil painting which hangs in my own home and 'Land of My Fathers' . ('Land of My Fathers' hangs in Scotland.)
I took 'Land of My Mother' to hang in the Welsh Room as how can a room represent Wales without having our National Flower present.
A Jones family affair. My son helped to take me to the High Commission with my works. Meini Hirion would not have fitted into my small car. Behind Tomos are workers setting up the Scottish room.
The whole event was wonderful to be a part of and an absolute honour to have been chosen.
Pataka Arts Trail March 2019 it was a very good weekend. But, to use those words seems so wrong. As its the weekend that 50 human beings lost their lives here in New Zealand. And for that I am so sorry. So saddened by the atrocities that happened here in my new country. As I came here in 2004 to make the land my home. I am an immigrant to these beautiful shores at the other end of the world. And my heart aches when I think of the horrors committed here.
New Zealand will change and for that I am sorry. Having gun laws change and semi-automatics banned I applaud. There is no place for them anywhere in my opinion.
To the people that came out and there where hundreds I give my heart felt thanks.
I smiled, chatted, painted a wee bit and shed a tear with a couple of you. As one lady at the very beautiful and touching opening said 'We need to go on, we need to celebrate the good things and Art is one of these'
Living coral is the Pantone colour of the year 2019. Its a colour I love and always have. I usually mix its tint and use it somewhere in my paintings.