“Singing has always seemed to me the most perfect means of expression. It is so spontaneous. And after singing, I think the violin. Since I cannot sing, I paint.” Georgia O’Keeffe.
Like Georgia O’Keeffe I cannot sing so I paint. Painting allows me the opportunity to enter a flow state where all the trivia of everyday is put aside and I can allow myself the opportunity to connect with my inner world.
Photography was always my go to creative practice but when photography went digital I turned to painting as a form of expression and more recently air dried clay. After years of study at Whitecliffe College of Art and Design and with Matthew Brown of Brown’s School of Art I gained a Master’s in Arts Therapy and became a registered Arts Therapist. I continue to create, and my practice continues to evolve in response to life events and experiences.
The turmoil of the past year has seen my creative practice evolve, I found I struggled to stay engaged in my larger works in oil and cold wax. However, I came alive when I started to express myself in smaller expressive works of human experience. These mixed media works are influenced by my reactions to life events. My aim for my work to connect with the viewer at an emotional level of shared experience, embracing the whimsical, wonky and fun.