In 2014, I was fortunate enough to be one of the recipients an Artist in Residence provided by Woollahra Council. This was an amazing opportunity that allowed me to fulfil a fabulous and rewarding community project " Project 12" along with the use a space to create my own work. I was so inspired and appreciative of this wonderful opportunity that I decided to donate a work from my own private collection to Woollahra Council in 2015. The work titled "The Cats Domain" was inspired by my time living in George St, Paddington with my cornish rex/burmese cat "Ming". This image is evocative of the hidden laneways and terraces in the area. Although I can paint naturalistically, I opted for a naive simplicity, with texture and reflection created by using impasto and silver leaf in an attempt to create the atmosphere of the intercity neighbourhood after rain. I wanted the viewer to know this scene, to hear the rattle of garbage bins, the cats meow and dogs bark, kids laughter and nearby traffic, the buzz of rain on the electricity lines. This is the cats domain and was the secret lane of my creative inspiration from 2006 to 2013. I feel that of all the artworks in my private collection this would be the most reflective and meaningful contribution I could make to the community and future generations via my donations to Woollahra Council.