Making Beauty, Finding Beauty

I am a maker of beautiful things.  I don't intend that to be a boastful claim; I feel that it is part of my job description.  Often my first thought on hearing of a friend in need is 'what can I make for them?'.  If I am too far away to offer a shoulder to cry on then I conclude that sending them something beautiful will some how lessen the pain.  Well, it is my hope.

As a maker of beautiful things I am always on the hunt for the beautiful; be it in tone, colour, shape or form.

Honeysuckle and Lupin, May 2014, Cari-Jane Hakes
It's easy to find in stick and steam - perhaps the greatest skill of all is finding beauty where there seems to be none.  In those places, the beauty is less physically obvious; found instead in the corner of a smile or a kind gesture.  

Indeed, I am a maker of beautiful things and I hope that I never take for granted that great privilege and the ability to walk out, in freedom, to find and photograph and collect all that is beautiful.