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 for my creativity.
I was influenced by the Impressionists and Post Impressionists as a child. Later the classics of Michelangeo, daVinci, 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. The unified field theory around these roles fascinates me.
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 life drawing. Though it’s observational, through empathy with the subject matter I gain energy which I 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 understand my visual language consciously once it has risen to the surface, which I then develop further as I see fit .
I attempt combination of these using visual language to try and make my reality tangible…. near on impossible but worth trying as I think life really and truly is spectacularly awesome.
I am always seeking commissions to mark life changing events.
I hope to hear from you shortly but until that time I wish you joy.