Colour and music are really at the heart of my creativity. A profound love of colour and the lyrical energy and exuberance it provokes is an emotional and abstract response to my world. My practice is rooted in painting from where I can choose to follow any number of directions mixing diverse materials and methods to create sophisticated pieces. I love the tactile feel of materials and I find it really exciting to combine different textures processes and techniques both traditional and modern to create interesting collaborations. I like unpredictability when I’m working and the sense of freedom in experimentation that allows for the process to give back something to the finished piece.
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.
Colour gives expression to my work and music gives me energy. I have a very eclectic musical taste that travels across many genres taking in musical collaborations and soundscapes. I see parallels in painting with the structure of musical composition, the overlaying of colour and sound with an emotional response. I have a balm to this energetic and colourful world in the practice of meditation which when I need it 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. This creative life is where I can express my sense of adventure, harmony and happiness and its a feeling I hope those who see my work will take away with them.