I am a keen figurative and semi-abstract artist. I have been producing artwork for sale, for commissions, for exhibitions and galleries professionally for 3 years but have produced art since I could hold a pencil. Before the Corona virus crisis, I regularly attended art groups where I produced most of my work. However, since lockdown I have been producing work in my home studio as well going out to paint and draw on my own. Currently, I am in the process of developing a series of artworks which are connected either by subject or by medium. My professional aim now is to raise awareness of my artworks by extending my contacts in the artworld and market my skills as an artist. I am also a qualified and experienced teacher and would like to use those skills and my passion for art to inspire others. So to be able to turn my passion into my career would be my ultimate goal. My objective with my art is to give an alternative meaning to my artwork other than the obvious, depicting the ordinary and the imaginary. Similar to Alice Neel, American figurative painter, I like to focus on single ojects, still life or imagined scenes consisting of real life items. For me the art of painting is ‘the painting itself as a good expression of the perfect imperfection’ (Alvarez Castagnet). So, ultimately to be able to record my life as life is laid out before me and observing and responding honestly, without agendas is what I want to do with my work. What I hope is that by looking at my work, the viewer is transported to another world.
I use many different mediums, such as oil, acrylics, charcoal and pastels as I believe that working in a single medium is restrictive to my artistic process. Each idea manifests in its own individual style. For example, one of my favourite mediums is Gouache which is wonderfully exciting as it is a mix between watercolour and oils and works well in creating figurative work depicting social subjects. I have extended my style and subjects to painting natural subjects mainly flowers, trees and landscapes or seascapes. The first painting I sold in this style was an Acrylic painting of Peonies and since then I have sold a number of abstract and figurative works as well as gaining a commission. I have also produced greeting cards and merchandising containing some of my artworks. I am currently extending my subject choices to include people, animals and buildings and exploring new styles of painting using various mediums. Most recently I experimented with different textures and application of mediums and this has led to my current work producing textured canvases, semi-abstracts and figurative work.
I enjoy walking in the forests and woodlands in my local area and travelling to scenes of natural beauty. Many of my pieces are directly influenced by these trips. I particularly love recreating plants flowers and trees in my work. During these trips, I’ve also been attracted to wildlife such as foxes, buttterflies etc and have plans to do some pieces on this theme. Being essentially an urban person, I’m also inspired by people and places. I like capturing a moment, an atmosphere of a time and place that is busy with human existence. My process is essentially an organic one. Sometimes, I will draw out the picture with pencil or charcoal and then develop the form and structure by putting in colours, tone and shading. Sometimes, I go directly to creating the picture without any preliminary drawing. I have been influenced by Leonora Carrington, Frida Kahlo and Stanley Spencer in terms of the use of colours, the dark mod and the figurative shapes. Kahlo said she happy to be alive as long as she can paint which is very similar to how I feel about painting. Kahlo is remembered for her self-portraits, for the pain and passion and use of bold, vibrant colours. I try to instil my passion into my work with the use of bold colours, light and shadow and exploring more ambitious themes.