Nature is the pinnacle.
Nature is epically endless.
Nature is for all.
Life is squeezed in there somewhere.
Everything I see, feel, experience daily subconsciously is extracted from me when I paint. It’s my conduit to connect with my higher self.
Although nature is my source, it’s not always the end destination visually or emotionally. My work stems from using what the landscape, travels, pattern, nature and memories offer, but the end result takes on a composition that is balanced, layered, or textured.
I want the viewer to find their own paradise in the work, a painting to escape to offering a visual break from reality.
Each work is an experiment of ideas, and I want to show the searching and layering that goes on whilst painting. Each addition and removal of brushstrokes is kept, creating a push & pull into the work.
My use of colour is to conflict, clash, dramatise or harmonise the painting into its own finished form.
I work entirely intuitively in the moment on my paintings. Often my small paper works are like drawings or opportunities to experiment with forms and colours.
I will sometimes (only occasionally) have photos of trips, landscapes around me to give me a point in the right direction.
My body and mind has to be ready to paint and I will often “warm up” with meditation, and colour mixing to get me started and to be able to disconnect from a busy life as a mum.
Music is my source of energy, it helps me to lift me up and excite the work / brushstrokes. I listen to a variety of sounds, in order to affect my brushstrokes, mood. Music is my emotional carrier!
I do a lot of application of paint and removal of paint, this is important in my work as it shows the searching I want, and often a small mark which has been added and removed leaves a trail which makes the piece even more interesting.
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