My name is Froyle Neideck, I am a professional visual artist and I have been painting and exhibiting for the past twenty years, in-between raising my family and pursing life. I want to tell you a story about hope, colour and great possibilities.
Last year my cousin Evana went through the horrific ordeal of breast cancer. She had a double mastectomy and all the treatment that aligns with this procedure. My mum, Helen, decided to head over to Perth, Western Australia, to help Evana’s husband and four children cope with the illness. Helen loved them, served them and looked after the household while Evana had her treatments. When it was time for her to come home, Evana wanted something to remember the experience she had spent with Aunty Helen and so she decided to buy one of my paintings called ‘Grace’.
Art is spiritual, it carries the intention for which it has been created. My art is intentional, I definitely have an agenda, I want to give people an encounter with the presence of God. I want to release peace, joy, love, into people’s lives through art. There is a world full of heartbreak. I want my art to inspire hope through colour, beauty and the Spirit from which I create.
This painting ‘Grace’ was inspired by Psalm 23 and it is an expression of the rest, provision and peace of God.
‘You have bedded me down in lush meadows, you find me quiet pools to drink from. True to your word, you let me catch my breath and send me in the right direction. Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I'm not afraid when you walk at my side, Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life’ (Message Bible).
This is the revelation of God's nature that Evana needed to experience at that moment and it made me think; what if I could take the painting off the canvas and literally wrap her in the art? All the colour, beauty and purpose could physically surround her. It is this pursuit that has birthed the Colours of Hope Collection.
We have literally taken my richly coloured paintings off the canvas and printed them onto fabric, which is then made into beautiful art cushions. It is art as a cushion and the material is soft, luxurious and of the highest quality. Each cushion has been handmade, a beautiful original artwork and often a one off creation. They are created to inspire - with such intentions (and titles) as Hope, Grace, Freedom and Furious Love.
It is a family affair, as Helen (mum) has partnered with me in this new pursuit. Helen sews all of the art cushions and I describe it as “old school craftsmanship”. Each and every one designed has been created with the highest integrity and quality and often the cushions are unique works of art in themselves, as Helen makes different designs, sizes and shapes with each one she creates. Along the journey we have made many beautiful things, as we have tried different fabrics and designs. We have created elaborate clutch purses, shoulder bags and makeup purses. They are all unique and beautiful, but I have always been looking for the material that would make the perfect scarf, and this is another story - Scarfs on Assignment.
'It's art as a cushion, that can be held, laid on and cuddled - designed to inspire hope'