I am thrilled that Melissa Parke is to open my exhibition. We have been friends for more than 20 years when we first met through environmental activities in Bunbury. Then Melissa became a UN lawyer, working in world hot-spots, first in Kosovo following that war, then Gaza. She was next invited back to Australia to become a parliamentarian where her voice became a humanitarian message. Melissa opened an exhibition for me at Bunbury Regional Art Galleries in 1998 and now, almost 20 years later, she is about to do it again. Here she is in sunflower fields in Tuscany on a break during her Kosovo years.