“My work is very much inspired by nature and my background in Biology and research science. Carrying out research on a daily basis hones your observational skills.”
When and where were you born?
I was born in 1970, in London, UK
Where do you currently live and work?
I have just relocated to London, UK, after living in Santa Cruz, California for the past 13 years.
How long have you been practicing your craft?
I have been painting for three years, but have been creative most of my life. Over the years, I taught myself how to work with clay, enamel and stained glass, how to sew, screen print and knit.
What inspires you?
My work is very much inspired by nature and my background in Biology and research science. Carrying out research on a daily basis hones your observational skills. My art is not a literal representation of what I see on my walks or while looking down a microscope, but – on a subconscious level – I am always observing shapes and colors. Being a research scientist means, amongst other things, being curious, observing your surroundings, trying to understand how things work. Although my approach to painting is very intuitive – I have no formal training – I find myself using those same skills to explore the balance between marks and color. On my daily walks I slow down, observe my environment, take in colors, patterns, textures, sounds and, most importantly, the light. Once I am back in my studio, the work takes on a personal note. I am most interested in exploring the balance between the strong and the delicate. Strong shapes or colors, overlaid by light delicate marks. Although the marks I put down can reflect the forms I see outdoors, they are also an expression of life itself, which is full of powerful, contrasting emotions interspersed with moments of lightness – the sound of gentle breeze, or the unexpected sight of migrating geese, providing an anchor in times of uncertainty, for example. I try to find a meeting place between the strong and the delicate.
How would you describe your style
I work in mixed media, using a combination of clay paint, house paint, pens and pencils, gold leaf and paper to create intuitive pieces that have a timeless color palette and rich, organic quality.
What has been a defining moment in your career?
My career has evolved very quickly. I have had shows in international galleries and sold work through Saatchi Art. Next on the list, the Affordable Art Fair in October 2016, in Battersea, London, with the Candida Stevens Fine Art Gallery. As a self-taught artist, these are all defining moments.
What are your future plans?
Painting has come as a relatively recent surprise to me, a gift and an invaluable lesson in focusing on details and embracing my love of light and color. I plan to keep painting, to explore the tension between control and letting go, between the powerful and delicate moments in life.
Can you leave us with some parting words or advice?
A friend and fellow artist once told me to trust the artistic process. I’ve returned to those words often. I tend to seek control over my life, but painting allows me to let go, to learn that a “mistake” will simply lead me in another direction, which will be equally rewarding. It is an invaluable daily lesson.
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