"I paint not the things I see but the feelings they arouse in me" Franz Kline
I’ve always been very serious about my art, practising and experimenting, studying a multitude of art books, taking classes, but for so many years I kept my creative side hidden away. I pursued a successful, but not always comfortable, non-art career, lacking the confidence and courage to take the big step into the professional art world. I was a secret atist!
A particularly stressful corporate role some years ago pushed me to a long overdue acceptance of what I most wanted to do. I finally took my paintings out of the shelves and cupboards where they’d been hidden and declared that I was, first and foremost, an artist. So at last I was following my heart!
I hope that my paintings bring pleasure, and I hope that my story offers encouragement that it’s never too late to become who you always wanted to be.
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About MY WORK
My inspiration is the world around me - be it nature, the built environment, or events that move me – interpreted through colour and pattern. My preferred media are watercolours and coloured inks because they produce such surprising and beautiful textures, layers of colour, and colour blends as they mix with water on paper.
I constantly explore techniques and experiment, using a variety of tools and products. Usually I let the paintings evolve without too much intervention, maybe throwing in extra colour, tipping the paper where I feel it needs it, or using resists or other materials to create specific effects. It is only in the later stages of a painting that I take more control, adding line, strengthening colour or shapes, to create a finished piece. Frequently I start with a specific intent and the painting itself takes me in a different direction.
All my collage work is created using my specially prepared watercolour paintings (or the ones that didn’t quite get there!).