Photo; Meredith Gaston 2This is my interview with Meredith Gaston.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A teacher or a story teller!'101 Moments of Joy and Inspiration'

What’s the best part of your job? Working from the heart and being involved with so much colour and beauty. Having my studio at home and living out of the city are also wonderful aspects of my job, not to mention collaborating on feel-good projects with wonderful, genuine people.

What inspired you to write this book? A real desire to inspire others to see how their thoughts can shape their worlds and change their lives.

What was the best thing about writing this book? That each quotation or ‘moment’ was an invitation for me to grow and change. It further strengthened my belief in the power of positive thinking!

What was one of the best things that happened because of this book? Amazing, generous emails from complete strangers expressing their gratitude and love for the book! These come in weekly, almost daily, and they light up my life. The response to this book has been beyond my wildest expectations. I am so delighted.

What are your favourite products? I love gouache, good fine ink nibs and luscious palettes of watercolour. I love quality European paper stock such as Fabriano or Hahnemuhle.

Where do you like to work? I have a dreamy studio in our garden where I feel completely at ease. The Blue Mountains make for an endlessly inspiring place to live. I love nature deeply.

What gives you joy? Gratitude, making art, bushwalking, yoga, writing, reading, singing, cooking, hugging and relaxing.

Do you collect anything? Hand written letters, textiles, and pretty ceramics.

What are you working on next? Another two books, more products with Sussan corporation in support of BCNA (Breast Cancer Network, Australia) and a collection of works on paper, linen and canvas for exhibition.

Read my review of ‘101 Moments of Inspiration’ here.

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