How did you first start & why?
I started ten years ago when I was asked to visit a nursing home to show a resident my birds. It was so well received and such a success that I was asked whether I could do it again. That’s how the seed was planted….to go to aged care facilities to show and talk about my birds.
What revives or refreshes your creative spirit?
I find time-out either at home or a little holiday far away helps me to relax and maintain a healthy balance. I like to not think of everyday matters; clear my head of clutter – before I know it, fresh ideas pop into my head.
What is the reason you continue with your practice?
I continue with my practice because of the difference it makes to elderly people. The emotion I get from seeing a ‘withdrawn’ resident come out and respond to my birds is indescribable. The joy and laughter the shows bring to them is such a gift – for me more-so than the residents at times it feels! I feel so blessed that in my own small way I can make another person’s day a little brighter.
What is the last dream you remember?
My dreams are always the same- I’m always running late for a train or a flight and I can’t find my mobile.
Do you have any rituals?
My favourite ritual is to sit out the front of my yard at dusk with a glass of bubbly with my chooks. I call them and they come running. We have a chat and I find it a great way to unwind at the end of the day.
What are your other outlets?
One of my outlets would be a nice quiet lunch with a close friend, with lots of laughter and camaraderie. I also enjoy spending time with my son, Chris, who is a very creative person and always makes me laugh. We have a very special relationship.
What is the hardest thing about your practice?
Not so much hardest, but the most time-consuming thing about my practice, would be the care of my birds. So much work and attention is required to keep them healthy, happy and safe. There are vet visits, grooming, cleaning and maintaining their enclosures. As I have different breeds of birds/chickens, their diets are all very different, so there is a lot of care taken with their food requirements and preparation.
What has been the most significant moment for you creatively so far?
Probably my Chinese Silkies. I have had so much fun with their colours and preparing them for photo shoots and TV shows.
What inspires you?
People inspire me. The strength of the human spirit in times of adversity and conflict inspires and amazes me.
If money were no object, what would you do?
Oooh…..would buy a new house with more room for my animals and extra wiz-bang bathroom for me! I’d also like to give money to medical research
What do you see yourself doing, when you are say… 90?
Exactly what I’m doing now – making the world a little brighter and happier for people.
What are you currently working on / what’s coming up for you?
I’m currently waiting on the green-light to a film comedy series for a TV Channel.
What does “Create or Die” mean to you?
Adventure before Dementia.
Shot by Chrissie Hall / Interview by Deb Morgan ~ as part of the 100 PICTURES | 100 STORIES series