Monday, January 11, 2010

Phoenix, Ines

Phoenix , 2009.
Acrylic on canvas 12"x10" (30 x 25 cm)

about the piece.

In Ines’ words, “When I was discharged from hospital in the Spring of 2009, the idea of a painting where I transform, break free from darkness, sorrow, sadness, pain into a new me, alive and well, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, started to form in my mind. It took me another eight months to pick up a brush and start painting. And while I was painting I thought of a mum friend who has just become pregnant after nearly 18 months trying to conceive again after loss, and it became her painting, for she jumps out of the fire with a bump. She's this phoenix--a beautiful mum to be.”

about the artist.

Ines, aka forward tumble, is a 42 year old mother of Fionn who died before he was born in June 2008. After a year of serious illness, she is learning to live her life without her child. She maintains a number of blogs about her art and her grief, including Fionn and her Daily Forward Tumble.

In Ines’ words, “While art and creativity has always somewhat been part of my life, I used to take a lot of pictures (still do) to capture the beauty of life. I have recently discovered art as a new way of expressing and releasing parts of me from within. I now pursue art in a more deliberate way because it seems to cleanse/liberate me which helps both in my grieving and life in general.”

Ines lives in rural Ireland in a house in a big field two miles from the sea.


  1. What an absolutely beautiful, powerful piece! Thank you to Ines for sharing it!

  2. That painting leaves me breathless. Wow

  3. this is wonderful. thank you!! xo

  4. Gorgeous. Absolutely beautiful, Ines x

  5. This is beautiful. So beautiful.

  6. Amazing - this really just speaks to the heart. Beautiful work.

  7. What an image, Ines. And wonderful of you to celebrate for your friend as you grieve your Fionn. xo

  8. This is amazing, powerful, full of beauty and such graceful energy! Wow. I love it!

  9. I love the color and energy


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