Art is at the centre of my being and is and always will be precious to me.
I was deputy head girl at my school, sports captain for my house and my best academic subjects were Maths and Physics. I had a natural gift for Art though, being awarded the Arts cup, taking my A level at 16 and this was the area I chose to work within.
I was born in Wiltshire in 1964, studied in Cardiff and gained a BA in Fine Arts in 1986 and a PGCE from MMU in 2003. My work is concerned with the variety of different possible connections at any given moment and is based around the female experience. Jungian psychology, hermetic philosophy and quantum theory are areas of greatest interest.
I was influenced by the Impressionists and Post Impressionists as a child. Later the classics of Michelangeo, da Vinci, Botticelli, Caravaggio, Rubens. As an adult it’s the thoughts and feelings and acts of the people around me, the Cornish weather and landscape, all the environmental influences we have around us and live with constantly, the choiceless awareness it creates and which I am aware of, that inspire me.
My artwork has always been figurative, though you’ll find the influence of the sea running through much of my output. I have a depth of experience of all roles in a life class, observer, observed and observing having also been a life model for about 10 years, in and around being a practising professional artist and teacher. I use all media and materials, with a special place for Two Rivers hand made paper.
I am conscious of 3 ways I make sense of my experience through my work:
I keep sketchbooks, doing a daily drawing is a discipline as is monthly life drawing. Though it’s observational, through empathy with the subject matter I gain energy which I can put into the work and with compassion, the present moment, which is priceless.
I look to access deeper levels of the unconscious through doodling and dreams, a bit like diving for pearls! I can understand myself consciously once The visual language has risen to the surface and I then develop further as I see fit.
I attempt to combine these and make my reality tangible through art.
Near on impossible, but worth trying as life is spectacular.
I am always seeking commissions, to mark events with artwork can be life changing.
I hope to hear from you and until that time I wish you joy.