Handling a rhyolite stone I was mesmerised by the patterns within, including wolves howling at the moon and a monkey-like creature.

It was a challenging time, having recently lost my mum.

I heard a whisper in my ear, and felt a wee nudge. The local art gallery was calling for entries to their ten by ten inch exhibition. What better way to honour the memory of Mum – an artist – than to paint? (I must admit, the thought of putting my artwork out in the public arena felt terrifying.)

Inspired by the patterns in the rhyolite, and desperate to exorcise the pall of grief that hung over me, I put paint to canvas, and gave the stone’s figures a greater voice. (No surprise further investigation revealed rhyolite’s symbolism for healing emotional wounds, finding expression in the wake of problems and promoting forward movement.)

That painting and pendant served such a wonderful healing purpose in my life at the time that I continued to paint small artworks, inspired by the feelings particular pendants evoked within me.

Having created a blue howlite pendant and feeling the point of the triangle needed to be pointing down, I was then compelled to paint a sea scene. It wasn’t until later I realised the symbol for water is a downward pointing triangle.

Within a tumbled sandstone, I divined the figure of ancient man walking through trees. At such a pre-historic time when the god in the sky was worshipped, (the sun), what could be more apt than a sunstone bead at the top of the pendant?