The words of that popular song of yesteryear "Welcome to my world, won't you come on in" seemed to linger in Heather de Lanerolle's mind as she ushered in visitors to the Lionel Wendt Art Gallery on August 13,14 and 15.
Yes they came from far away places like Jaffna to see her abstract paintings and their unanimous verdict was "fantastic".
Few could believe that the hundreds of paintings were the work of one artist.
They not only feasted on the creations but were keen to adorn their homes with them in the assurance that the profits will proceed to the Colombo Friend-in-Need Society to be used for the self employment project of amputees using Jaipur limbs.
Heather was talented from a young age but was mischievous as a student at Holy Family Convent Bambalapitiya where she used to draw caricatures of her teachers and pass it on to her fellow students much to their delight.
She paints now only with a sponge on canvas. Since this is her first exhibition I say, “well done, keep it up Heather. I'm sure the public would love to see more of your creations.” And finally in the words of the song quoted above "Miracles I guess, still happen now and then.”