I have a profound love of colour and the lyrical energy and exuberance it provokes. Colour is a feeling at the heart of everything I create and my work is an expression and response to what I see and experience in the world around me. My creative practice is rooted in the tradition of painting from where I can choose to follow any number of directions mixing diverse materials and methods to create sophisticated pieces.
Inspiration comes in many ways - the natural world, adventurous architecture, rituals, the sacred, the spiritual and the strange - and this visual vocabulary transcends all materials. A vibrant use of colour, pattern and texture is a signature of my work along with a playful layering of shades, tones, patterns and textures. It's a natural instinct for me to consider the order of things, the hidden and the visible, masking and unmasking and how things fit together. I like a sense of the unknown, of chance, of a journey with an uncertain end and I’m seduced by the fun of re-invention and re-assembly. It's that sense of freedom that comes with experiment.
If colour gives expression to my work then music is what gives me energy and inspiration. My taste is very eclectic and it could be anything from jazz through classical and indie pop to something completely off the wall like night sounds in the Kalahari desert or Buddhist monks chanting. It's all about the sound and the way it feels and I see that reflected in my work redolent of the tempo and dynamics of a musical composition. I have practiced meditation for many years which is a balm to this energetic and colourful world when I need it and gives me a place to reflect and ground myself often creating a new dimension in my work and a very different visual expression.
My life has been one of twists and turns but always my choices have been made towards following a creative path and finding the courage to making life changing decisions when I have to. I love this creative life where I can express my sense of adventure, harmony and happiness. It's a feeling I hope those who see my work will take away with them.