The D’Aguilar Art Foundation is located in Nassau, The Bahamas.

The vivid imagery from Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s epic poem, “Ulysses”, provides inspiration for ‘Between Heaven and Earth’, a new exhibit now open at the D’Aguilar Art Foundation, featuring 28 works from their permanent collection.

We are all thoroughly fed up… weary of waiting for our lives to continue after an abrupt halt in March 2020. We put so much on hold: Our social celebrations, our travels, setting new goals, achieving longstanding aspirations.

But the elderly, many of whom have suffered from drastic sequestration, might have suffered the most from the pandemic. While they are often hidden out of sight — and therefore out of mind – the little time they have left on their personal time lines continues to dwindle.

They have lived full and productive lives; they have raised their families; they have contributed to their communities. And they had also consciously set aside this precious and often limited time to fulfill lifetime goals – goals that could not be previously pursued due to the commitments and time constraints of their younger years.

Instead of taking that longed for voyage, of connecting with old friends and colleagues from years ago, of returning to memorable destinations of their youth, they are faced with the rigid boundaries imposed by Covid.

Their dramatic predicament is not unlike the frustration expressed by Ulysses in Alfred, Lord Tennyson’s poem, where the protagonist reflects the wretchedness of his weakened constitution, “ We are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven” Though the accomplishments of his heroic youth give him some inspiration, he cannot be sustained on memories alone, crying out that “Some work of noble note, may yet be done, not unbecoming men that strove with Gods“.

Ulysses shares vivid images to describe the remote places and settings he still longs to visit: “cities of men and manners”, twinkling rocks, a slow moon climbing over a beloved scene, vowing that it’s “not too late to seek a newer world” and “sail beyond the sunset … and all the western stars, until I die

Marjorie Moeser is a Canadian painter whose career spans decades. She studied Fine Arts at McGill University, Montreal, Ontario College of Art and Centennial College, Toronto. She has painted in Canada, the USA, and the South of France. She has had Solo exhibitions at the David Kaye Gallery, the Dignam Gallery, Women’s Art Association of Canada, the Ruth Upjohn Gallery, all in Toronto; The Big Picture, Main St. Gallery, the Unsettled Gallery, Mazlak McLeod Gallery, New Mexico. She has been in Group shows in Toronto, Santa Fe & Las Cruces, New Mexico; Galerie Imbert, Aix en Provence, France. Moeser was twice Artist in Residence, at the Mill Atelier, Santa Fe, N.M. Currently, she paints in Toronto, Canada, where she has her studio. She is proud to be included in the exhibition, “Heaven and Earth”, the D’Aguilar Art Foundation, Nassau, Bahamas. She is a member of CARFAC, a professional Canadian artists’ organization, and also a member of WAAC, Women’s Art Association of Canada.

Artist’s Statement:

Mainly a landscape painter, Moeser paints semi-abstract compositions. New Mexico left an indelible mark not only on her perception of landscape, but also on her palette and style. What was once a minimalist approach, became expressionist, more painterly, with a palette of riotous colour. She calls herself a colourist with a full spectrum palette.