“My paintings are inspired by colour, by flowers, trees, light, dark, sounds, scents, stars, and memories – practically everything. I would say however, that the thing most central to my work is the awesomeness of nature, in particular, the sky.
I love the sky, even when it’s a grey and gloomy day, there always seems to be something going on which lifts my soul and raises my spirits somewhat; I feel a strong connection with the elements and the changing seasons, they affect me deeply.
With my paintings I aim to evoke thoughts of nature, gardens and skies in those viewing them, but simultaneously I like for the works to retain an element of ambiguity, of total abstraction, thus leaving them completely open to interpretation – I love hearing what people see in my work!
Alongside for my passion for nature sits a deep-seated passion for painterly spontaneity and expression, which finds its form in the twitchy brush marks, impulsive dots and spiralling gestural lines which come to rest on top of the soft atmospheric veils of colour which make up the body of my paintings. These spontaneous elements reference my impulsive, changeable and impatient personality.
Paintings often get painted over several times until I hit on something which I feel works. In a way I feel that thins links to the ever-changing weather which, as previously mentioned, has always played an important part both for inspiration and also the base layers of each painting.
There’s one final facet to my painting, one which is becoming more of a consistent hidden theme, and that is my fairly melancholic pre-occupation with the passage of time and the mysteries of our little lives here on earth. I say ‘little lives’ because essentially that’s what we are, a speck in the cosmos, and I find this thought to be completely fascinating.
My more abstract work focuses on just that, abstraction! But also colour and speed, simply enjoying the colours and the paint. I go through phases of finding my work boring, laboured and kind of overdone, so I like to have a good change.
Plus, with two small children, time is something I have little of, so I sometimes like to switch my processes around, allowing myself to work in a much freer, simpler 100% abstract style. I have always felt that painting should be fun, not a difficult thing to do. I love to connect with the childish aspect of my personality and paint artwork to make me happy.”
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