These works surround Helen’s portrait (which I painted between late 2019 and early 2020) and echo a response that made me leap into a colour blaze.
I Remember how colour sparked and triggered Helen’s enthusiasm.
Art, culture, family and life in general set the tone for a weekly coffee break at the end of each hour-long walk; the 3/4 double shot skinny Late and the Long Black caffeine hit helped shape the pattern for the rest of the day.
Paying homage to Henri Matisse has been an essential catalyst in paving the way toward remembering our shared experiences. I found defining factors in Matisse’s works that, for me, helped transport and verify felt emotions. A final acceptance is seized through a journey of poetic colour.
As Larry Light (Helen’s husband) wrote: “A time to die on her terms with dignity”. Helen’s right to choose.
I have invited Larry Light to contribute to this discussion from his personal experience. He brings us all an increased awareness and further reflection.
I am grateful to the Jewish Museum of Australia for forwarding their outstanding tribute for Helen Light to be included in this exhibition.
In memory of Helen Light, I hope this art show will instigate further discussion regarding Voluntary Assisted Dying.
RIP HELEN LIGHT.