While living and working in Cyprus I became involved in restoring property of historical interest, which would otherwise die a death of neglect. My ex-husband and I set up a Charitable Trust to restore an ancient monastery we found in Cyprus. We planned to turn the monastery into an international art centre where artists from all over the world could come and work on a temporary basis. Our idea finally came into fruition in the summer of 1996, and housed at least 3 visiting artists before the demise of my marriage, which sadly also led to the demise of the charitable trust we'd established. All the work and effort we put into the project was eventually to the benefit of the Greek Orthodox Church, which took back the monastery after it was restored. Today, I do not know how the monastery is used or even if it is used at all.
This painting is all I have left as a memory of that worthwhile project. While rebuilding the ancient walls I found remnants of the original building which, where possible, I tried to incorporate in the restoration. However, certain pieces were impossible to restore so I begun to incorporate them into the paintings I was working on at the time, such as the mosaic window pieces used here; making this piece the last remnant of a dream to give new life to an ancient and beautiful site.
Size: 122cm x 152cm
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