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Artists who paints in oil en plein aire. Member of the three member Plein Aire Cottage Artists. Members: Mary Rose Holmes, Violetta Chandler and Helen Tilston

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Giving Back Martini + Matisse

Mary Rose Holmes, Helen Tilston, Anne Sophie Matisse.

 Each year I donate a painting to what I consider a great cause.   The Event is called Martini + Matisse and the Gala takes place each January.   This fundraiser benefits Clearwater Free Clinic in Clearwater, Florida, which provides health care to those in need.

When the Clinic approached me some 15 years ago and asked for a donation of one of my paintings, I agreed.  The featured artist then was Anne Sophie Matisse, great grand daughter of Henri Matisse who flew in from Europe to attend the Event.   

Five years later we were the featured artist (my art partners, Mary Rose Holmes, Violetta and me).  

This year, during lockdown in Ireland, I painted this scene at our local beach.  "A Mother's Love" is winging her way across the Atlantic to be in Florida in time or the Martini and Matisse gala event in January.   

A Mother's Love, original oil by Helen Tilston

I take this opportunity to wish each of you my dear followers a very Happy Christmas and keep blogging.

Saturday, December 12, 2020