This body of work is devoted to portraying experiences related to the dispersion of a people from their home country. The inspiration comes from my parents’ flight from Estonia in the 1940s to escape the USSR regime that was occupying their country. Their wartime escape to Sweden eventually brought them to Canada. They lost their home, but by leaving they gained hope of greater safety, freedom and opportunity. However they also faced the challenges of adapting to a new language and culture. Their story mirrors that of others throughout history, the present and the future.
The paintings employ flag colours from Estonia, the USSR, Sweden and the Canadian Red Ensign and Maple Leaf as symbols of their story of interruption of life, fear, sadness and hope, and of my experience as a member of the next generation. The journey paintings are bold and portray the challenges they faced. Other works are gentler, dealing with their story and mine over our lifetimes.