THELMA SAMUEL : Muscat,OMAN.
An Artist & an Inspiration to those of us who may not realise our Latent wealth.
Thelma paints in oil, Silk fabric,Mosaic. Works Ceramic. Her National Painting Award, at age 15, ” Silent night” may have been the first impression of Latent Skills in Art. She moved on to be an English Lecturer, in India and in Muscat Oman, among a strata of Social Groups, Kids, older staff workers in the Palace and Medical College/School : teaching conversation skills among young girls who have much to ask/say. She lives/works in Oman with her husband and two sons. Yesterday we talked about Paints and recent sales. Am moved by her brilliance as an Expressionist and as a human being ..and am inspired to start painting myself, after a long break !
TS : “… I call this Painting (below) ‘Centre of the Universe” . My cook sees a pot ( laughs). For me it’s a baby – the woman holds a baby in her arms. I like what you wrote, ‘ the woman holds a mirror, it reflects her mind.. the spirit of a woman, and a human being…”
” I’ve painted in Silk (above) its a fantastic medium. The colours flow, and people like it, but that one am not selling. Yes, sure am working on a ” collection’ haha, but many miles to go. Two of what I sent in for this weeks’ exhibition sold ! Am thrilled!”
” My dream is to set up a space .. gallery.. where we can sell these things, and it’s not just about sales. These are things of the heart. I didn’t know I could or would paint again, after all this time. Falling in love, Marriage, life, kids, their schools, colleges, now they are in Australia, their dreams and lives. A woman can get caught up in everything ! Then suddenly one day you get a call… ” NEED FOUR PAINTINGS BY THE WEEK ! OH I SAT UP AND FINISHED WHAT I COULD AND SEE! You’ve got to have a need, a deadline… then people like me just get off their butt and work…. “
I LOVE HER HUMOR, her beautiful spirit that has inspired me all these years. I should know. She’ s my sister. I’ve included here, without her permission, Thelma” poetry from what I remember:
SILENCE: …is what you hear when the world slumbers, when man-made non-sensities, stop their eternal racket.
When Man, his day’s duty done, seeks consolation, in God’s tranquil night; and lays his head on the barren earth.Where he finds solace, that no drug, no tranquilizer,can render…
THE PAINTINGS & CERAMIC VERSE of THELMA SAMUEL,Oman,Muscat