Art is music made visible, as music is art made audible. (Ted Hesketh)
My work feels expressive and colourful and often has strong elements of pattern within the composition. Bold fluid mark-making defines the design, and a confident use of colour creates lively engaging paintings. My palette is informed by my personal reaction to colour and as a result I am currently working with warm, strong, but slightly muted colours.
What does it look like?
Floral shapes and patterns frequently emerge, and when I am developing a still life, I often embrace traditional ideals and subject matter. It is however the contemporary use of colour and line, combined with my love of rhythm and harmony, that work together to create unique compositions. There is no doubt that my musical background informs and influences my creative decisions.
My interest in colour and design has been fuelled recently by researching vintage and period ceramics and textiles. I have also been investigating how colour has been used throughout the centuries to enhance and stimulate the experience of the home maker. My home is important to me and my collections of handmade and natural found items are now beginning to make more sense in the bigger picture of my art – they all have elements of subtlety and strength. Inner and outer qualities that resonate with my own personality. The fact that they are all made by hand or by nature is important to me.
A recent re-engagement with textiles has opened another avenue to explore, and I am curious about the tactile and 3D elements that this introduces. I have an aesthetic relationship with my materials – creating beautiful images is important to me, but I am also really interested in being fully emersed in the process of creation. Selecting the surface and materials are integral to my practice. My authentic hand has to be in the process if I am to create work that resonates.
For me personally, there has to be a combination of all the ingredients in the right proportions for the work to feel whole. There needs to be enough space in a painting for the movement to be expressed freely.
When subtleties of colour, space, movement, line and texture all converge in a positive, balanced, uplifting experience, I feel that I have engaged successfully with both my subject matter and myself.
Where can you see my work?
I exhibit regularly in the South East of England and have taken part in South East Open Studios for 15 years. I am currently represented by the Artspring Gallery in Tonbridge.
In my home Studio, I also run bespoke Positive Creativity workshops for individuals and small groups. (Workshops are currently postponed due to Covid 19)
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