Friends and Fondue.

Last night, at the opening of my exhibition at Galerie Belimage, I was given a big surprise. A friend, who I had met on the internet, decided to meet me at the opening.

We have been friends for about 2 (maybe 3) years and we met for the first time last night, Martin Stellar. I joined Martin’s arts newsletter about 2 years ago and have been in correspondence with him ever since.

Former monk, bespoke tailor, copywriter and now artist mentor, his newsletters are both amusing and informative. Martin calls Spain home but hails from Holland, he was holidaying in Zurich and decided (to my delight) to come to the opening of the exhibition. What a wonderful gift, which I’m extremely grateful for!

Martin and I last night at the opening of my exhibition.

Martin and I last night at the opening of my exhibition.

American art professor Nancy Hart who we visited in Venice. We met at San Cresci in 2014.

American art professor Nancy Hart who we visited in Venice. We met at San Cresci in 2014.

As our family adventure draws to a close, it has been one of the most rewarding events in my life albeit rather exhausting too. Travelling with 2 active boys, who just want to play soccer or Minecraft, rather than visit a Florentine museum or eat fondue on a remote Swiss hillside, can be a challenge.

There have been tears, tantrums and taxing moments (from me!) but what I remember most are the beautiful chance meetings with amazing people who inspire me and now I call friends.

I also appreciate the old friends who I have had the opportunity to share quality time with again.

I have grown as a person, artist, mother, wife and friend. In this post I want to thank all the special people who have shared this journey with us and made it so much richer.

The amazing Mimma, who is the current caretaker of San Cresci and manager of the artist residency, La Macina di San Cresci. Hugs to Duccio too!

The amazing Mimma, who is the current caretaker of San Cresci and manager of the artist residency, La Macina di San Cresci. Hugs to Duccio too!

Spritz o'clock again with artists Elena and Jessica Costa.

Spritz o'clock again with artists Elena and Jessica Costa.

Spritz o'clock with Monique Dufour and Mimma. Shout out to Elisabeth Swanson who left before I could get a photo.

Spritz o'clock with Monique Dufour and Mimma. Shout out to Elisabeth Swanson who left before I could get a photo.

My German 'mother' Elke, Andy, Baxter, 'cousin' Anne,  Oscar and me at the opening last night. Special shout out to Anna and Rito Wolfe who also came to the opening.

My German 'mother' Elke, Andy, Baxter, 'cousin' Anne,  Oscar and me at the opening last night. Special shout out to Anna and Rito Wolfe who also came to the opening.

 Galerie Belimage owner, Françoise Vetterli with moi. Thank you Dani for all your help!

 Galerie Belimage owner, Françoise Vetterli with moi. Thank you Dani for all your help!

I have said this before and I feel like saying it again, “I feel life isn't about the fastest car you have or the shiniest ring you just bought but about the people you love and the people who love you. It's about life experiences & appreciating the joy in your life.”

A big thank you, mille grazie, vielen dank and merci beaucoup to the amazing people I have been fortunate to meet and see again on this trip.

Yours in art and life,

Bec x

"Various Storms and Saints: drawings and paintings from Hunter Valley, Australia and Tuscany, Italy" is currently on show at Galerie Belimage. Please contact the gallery to purchase work. Images of work will be published on my website when I return to Australia this coming weekend.