When Love First Tasted Your Lips

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“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
Anais Nin

The name of this painting was inspired by the lines of a poem by Persian Mystic, Rumi, “When love first tasted the lips of a human being it started singing.”


The painting was inspired by some flowers I saw growing in my compost bin—beautiful vibrant dahlias.

Layered in sultry glazes and gestural sweeps of colour, the palette embodies vibrant pinks, love-hewn reds, wonderful whites, glorious golds and sunny yellows, When Love First Tasted Your Lips speaks to the heart.

910mm x 910mm

Acrylic on canvas

This painting sold on Mother’s Day 2022 to a beautiful new collector visiting her family from Sydney.

“My sister fell in love at first sight with your painting ‘When Love First Tasted Your Lips’” her sister, Claire told me when she called to confirm the sale.

The painting had only recently been hung at Ake Ake restaurant and winery here in The Bay of Islands. Tracey, who is taking her new acquisition to Sydney, had been enjoying a divine meal (Judy and Chris, the owners of Ake Ake provide the ultimate dining experience.) The painting was near their table and the purchase decision was made in a heartbeat. I love that my new collector shared that this is the first painting by ‘serious artist.’

This painting has sold but you may love “Sweet Surrender.” Created in a moment of passion following the sale of When Love First Tasted Your Lips.

As an intuitive artist following my inner joy, I know the magic in painting (and in life) is to remember that you just have to surrender to it and just go with it. In the end, despite much frenetic energy, ( including reworking an earlier painting) there really in a calm in the whole concept.


Clients often love the story behind the painting. In part, this is why I created this video. 



Original Acrylic Painting on Stretched Canvas.

The painting has been created on artist quality 100% cotton canvas and finished with a double coat of UV resistant gloss varnish, protecting the longevity and enhancing the vibrancy of the colours.

The sides of the canvas have been painted white

Comes stretched and ready to hang.


Your painting will be hand signed on the front and back, with its title written on the rear of the canvas. You will also receive a certificate of authenticity.


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* Mockups for illustration only. May not be to scale

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