I wanted to include the words ‘love more, fear less’ on my plate as I have long been involved in community development work and conflict resolution, at times with HRH Queen Elizabeth as the patron of the work I have done! I have no doubt that Her Majesty would endorse this message of peace. Often, conflict is borne out of fear of others and I am keen to bring people together in Penryn, recognising our shared values rather than our differences.
I have lived in Penryn for nearly 10 years – longer than I have ever lived anywhere else! I feel passionate about calling Penryn my home as I chose to live here and raise my children here. They will always feel connected to Penryn as well as they have grown up here. I love the variety and spark in Penryn. Fiercely proud locals jostle alongside visiting professors at the post office, artists carve a living in ancient, glorious houses that once were home to ship’s captains and flower sellers. We have incredible views that change constantly, ancient woodland with twisting boughs and wild orchids, music and art around every corner and so much potential! Penryn has not been dominated by high street brands, meaning we have an opportunity to celebrate our incredible history and diversity through embracing the different demographics in our vibrant and special town and creating our own, fluid and vibrant Penryn identity.
I was honoured to be asked as I do not cross paths much with the other participants – some of whom were worried about me as an ‘incomer’. I loved hearing the other painters share their stories and hope that more opportunities can be created for different groups of people to come together in art.
Find out more about My Jubilee and see all the plates here.