The deep and meaningful sense of connection and love I craved as a child I learned to find in our untended garden, sitting amongst the weeds, wild flowers, long grass and rough ground.
When I had children of my own they became my world, my love and connection. Yet as the years went by the panic set it. They were getting older, more independant… one day they would fly the nest. They weren’t mine to keep and the anticipated void was unbearable. I was mourning their loss even before they had left. I desperately needed a life beyond my children.
That was when it all changed.
Always happiest close to nature I first trained as a florist. I had always loved flowers and I was drawn to their beauty. And although the colour combinations were breathtaking I soon realised that colour wasn’t enough. I preferred nature at it’s most natural. And what’s more, I couldn’t get emotionally close enough.
I already had a passion for drawing and this led me to train as a fine artist. Something which was on my bucket list of dreams. And it was at university that I regained an affinity with looking closely, a necessity for good drawing skills. Naturally I turned to nature for my inspiration.
Untamed nature stops me in my tracks. I feel captivated and moved. It is seemingly so insignificant and overlooked in the world, and yet posessing abundant beauty. I want the world to notice, because the connection is so deep and abiding. And to be able to express that in my paintings and for them to go on to be loved by others is truly magical.
WHAT I DO
I create paintings which celebrate the beauty of nature; the colour, the inticacies, the abstract qualities and how they interrelate.
HOW I DO IT
I begin with intuitive mark-making and experimentation exploring the rhythms of nature and building up layers of paint. Eventually the painting lets me in and I become driven to respond naturally to what evolves over time, nurturing the process and trusting the outcome…much as nature does.
The process is intimate, and medidative and engages me in deep searching to draw out something tangiable. I am happiest when my paintings convey this through their colour and rich detail and offer an uplifting experience full of surprises.
WHY I DO IT
I fully believe in the power of paintings to make us feel more deeply. We can feel relaxed, energised, uplifted and feel an integrated part of nature. It is no small thing to recognise we are a part of something bigger than ourselves, something to value, to take pride in and to care for.