Finess over lotus

In support of Education for Nature Vietnam

45 x 90cm


If we don’t dare to dream, if we cannot imagine the future we want for ourselves, nothing can change. Many are saying that the Covid19 pandemic is a chance for the world to reset; to reset our hopes and dreams for the future, to stop bespoiling this beautiful plant, to halt the greed and curtail our consumerism. 


These red paintings are about the things that are important to me; the things I must not lose or endanger; the things that delight and mystify, that thrill and make me feel like I am a part of this beautiful world. 


The most graceful creatures in all Vietnam are the egrets that live in the rice fields all year round. Vietnam has suffered terrible poverty at times and have had to hunt wildlife to feed their families from time to time. There are places in Vietnam where you never see a wild bird of any kind. The  egrets, however, are spared because white birds are thought to be ghosts or spirits so , to kill one, would bring bad fortune on your family.  What a blessing! THese birds wade around the rice fields  during the days and  take light in the late afternoon to find a roost before dark.  I will never forget the first time I came to Hoi An, I was travelling in a taxi through the rive firles at sunset and the egrets were lifting off the water against the red sky.


$350  -  30% of proceeds  will go to Education for Nature Vietnam who work to stop the killing of wildlife and who run an education programme to change local attitudes to the animals and their environments.

The price includes worldwide shipping.

Finesse over lotus -Duyên dáng