My friend Ann
Acrylic on canvas
Ann was my very first friend, and I met her when I was just six. I was a new girl at Hoon Hay Primary School in Christchurch, and Ann and I were standing next to each other writing on the blackboard at the back of the classroom. Ann asked if I wanted to come and play at her place after school. I said yes, and so began a long friendship that still exists today. Now Ann lives in Hamilton where she lectures at Waikato University. Of course when she was little, Ann didn’t have a cat called Sansa. She didn’t have a pink caravan either or sell candy floss from it with her South American husband Roberto. So this painting blends elements of the present with the past.