Pure Joy is just about that - the happiness this young girl feels as the wind blows thru her hair on a warm breezy summer day as she swings from a tree without a care in the world. Her view is ours too - we don't see the tree branch that she is swinging from, yet when we look at the image, we know she is only surrounded by green leaves, branches and blue sky. We experience this moment in time as joy, happiness and an element of hope. I work traditionally cutting and pasting photographic images and then combining them with drawing and painting with oil bars, to create pieces that are thought provoking, whimsical and dreamlike.
As far as which charity to donate the proceeds from sales of the plate (should mine win), I would like to suggest the http://doctorswithoutborders.org for Darfur, Sudan.