Estelle Kenyon keeps a permanent residence in Prince Albert in the Klein Karoo, South Africa. She currently resides in Muscat, Oman, where she is teaching full time. Estelle paints in her free time and exhibits internationally.
"I paint because I cannot not paint", says Estelle "The subject matter I choose reflects aspects of nature and forgotten memories of places I have visited, some real and some imagined".
The images that emerge on the canvas reflect a visual narrative, expressing that which is hidden from the rational eye. There is a desire to access the silence within from which form is born.
Western secular lifestyle has created boundaries between the physical and the spiritual and that influences one’s ability to see with a clear eye and mind. We are confronted through the media, the government, dogma etc.by bias so that we are left with few thoughts of our own and the person we started off with has become a clone of society. With painting it is an attempt to connect with that force which fills one with a deeper understanding of what is.
I had a dream, which shed some light on my reasons for painting.
I found myself in a room filled with paint buckets. Some were empty, some half full and I was lifting up the lids of the buckets, peering into each one to see if that one had what I was searching for.
A voice spoke from outside of my dream and asked me what I was looking for and I replied, "I am looking for my soul".