Artist Statement

I enjoy using vibrant harmonious colours in my art. I particularly enjoy oil painting and textile art. My work is mostly imaginary and working from memory or spontaneously. This can sometimes result in magical realist and visionary style works.

Ideas I explore, are women in various settings and  landscapes. My paintings can be quite mystical and dream- like and at other times they are a direct response to what I see around me. When I am using textile techniques my work becomes more abstract and decorative, focusing on texture and design.

I create art because I enjoy the process of discovery and experimentation. I find creativity therapeutic  and the ultimate way to explore meaning and balance in my life and surroundings. I choose mostly oil and acrylic paints for my work because I enjoy the immediacy  and the fluidity of this material.

I feel, in many ways that my works act as a diary of my lifetime, emotions and interests. My surroundings also influence my art and shape the mood and content of my work, such as the urban and historical environment I live in. I enjoy Liverpool’s juxtapositions of  urban and scenic landscape. I am situated in the heart of the urban outskirts but I am also very close to the sand dunes as well as the sea. I find different cultures inspire the content of my work.

My subjects are usually inspired by the environment I am in at the time, using my imagination, found art, the human figure and nature as my primary subjects. Symbols and motifs used in my work are often of women and animals in landscapes, symbols and the use of colour and texture.

In my experimental films, themes such as memory, dreams and emotions are my main interest with an emphasis on movement of the human body and the natural environment, particularly, water, trees and birds, provoking me towards creating transient and dream – like narratives.

When I am not creating, I enjoy talking and hanging out with friends and socialising. I have exhibited in the UK, group and solo shows. Over time, I have sold some original works.

I can be contacted via my website here for exhibiting, commissions and for those interested in purchasing my work.

Biography

I have had an unconventional route into art. I feel I am primarily self taught because my environment and life experiences have been my main inspiration. As a young girl, I was brought up in London and Plymouth, experiencing the mid seventies and nineteen eighties counterculture. I feel I have picked up most of my skills by going to exhibitions as well as watching and talking to other artists. My parents who were artists were  always wonderful to talk to and discuss art with and living in a variety of cities and travelling abroad in my youth contributed to much of my inspiration and development as an artist.

My main work was always painting and then I started to write poetry and create short experimental films.

In the past, I have curated exhibitions and organised poetry readings. Some of my illustrated writing has been published in books, magazines and anthologies.

I have travelled widely and since 2002, I have lived in Liverpool. I am married and have two daughters


 

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