Studio Amsterdam in Maitland
Maitland, New South Wales
Last week a couple had a quick look at my paintings and while they were leaving the studio I couldn't help to hear her whispering to him: "She probably has forgotten she is in Maitland", pointing to the pricetags in the window.
It made me thinking about the subject 'value'. My value as well as Maitland's value.
Before I came to Maitland I had exhibited in Europe, Perth, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Taiwan and New Zealand. These exhibitions have pulled my prices to a certain level. Of course I realise for the price of 1 of my paintings you also can decorate a few rooms. But lower my prices because I'm not living in one of those flamboyant metropoles, wouldn't be fair to my previous customers.
Beside that, the words of that lady implied a kind of disparaging of Maitland. I strongly want to defend that.
Although I'm here only since September, for me Maitland is the very best that ever happened to me. At least the value of my own life is raised to a new level! Thinking further about the words of that lady; Sometimes you are not able to see the values of the place where you have grown up. In the Netherlands I could not see that too. Only after 'zooming out' I can see the good things. And then, seeing Maitland with foreign eyes, I can't stop saying the people, the atmosphere, the geographic location, the architecture are fantastic!
Okay, Sydney may have more galleries, but Maitland has the spark. Zoom out and see Maitland isn't that far. It has the heart that big cities have lost.
That's what I wanted to have said 😙
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