I aim to create work which draws attention to both delicate and dramatic elements within the natural world and our inner landscapes.
When and how did you become an artist?
My first experience as an artist was as a 6 year old when my painting grew and grew until it left the paper and eventually filled the table. Thinking back on this moment I realise how important this was for offering up the excitement of possibility and experimentation. As an art teacher I have held on to this thought, to encourage children to see possibilities instead of limitations. Although it has taken me a long time to find my own direction, I have had the opportunity this last year to focus more time on my own work. Painting has been like therapy and has given me my confidence back, I have also joined a printmaking group which is a fantastic opportunity to share ideas, discuss possibilities and support each others' artistic ambitions.
Who or what are your inspirations and why?
I am fascinated with the process of painting and the subject comes next. For a long time I worked in a non-representational way exploring the inner landscape of my imagination in response to the materials. My recent work however, has mostly focussed on flowers. Having a recognisable subject to work with has provided me with a different kind of inspiration although the process remains very similar, as I begin with a layer of colour and rub through to find the shapes. I am keen to capture a moment in the life of the plant, whether that is the showy beauty of the orchid or the brief moment in winter when the snowdrops carpet the ground. I like the idea of celebrating the ordinary, beginning with garden flowers such as Saxifrage and Tulips, I think this theme is set to develop further...
Tell us your favourite joke... :-D
Why don't polar bears eat penguins?
Because they can't get the wrappers off!
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