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Artist Talk – Shelley Lynch – Tales From The Lagoon
June 11, 2019, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
When my husband Roy passed away suddenly after just 5 years of marriage, I was devastated. For my healing, I spent as much time as possible on my paddle board. It was my quiet place to connect to myself and Mother Nature to grieve. I was supported by the ocean and comforted by dolphins, turtles, fish, a few sharks, and to my surprise, even a whale.
After a year of paddling, Roy must have known I was in need of help. I was alive, but I wasn’t really living. I was going through the motions of life but had no passion or zest for living. In a dream one night, he and I were in a shopping mall and he led me to the camera counter. He said, “I want you to have this professional camera for Christmas.” The dream was so vivid, I awoke feeling he visited me. I thought about buying a camera for a few weeks and I decided I didn’t want to wait until Christmas. It was April when I had the dream, and I couldn’t wait.
With my new camera in hand, while taking sunrise photos, a white egret started showing up, walking the beach with me and posing for photos. He was named Francis and I credit him for introducing me to the personalities of birds. Who knew taking pictures of birds would breathe passion back into my life, giving me a renewed sense of excitement and joy?