I often create emotional and atmospheric paintings based upon my feelings and responses to the world around me. I use painting, textiles and film to express my thoughts. My work can be abstract or figurative. I have focused on abstract art in the last year as I have found this to be a method that expresses clearly my current feelings and vision.
Some of my works express my feelings towards political or social prejudice such as themes to do with domestic violence towards women, the decline of our natural environment, health and animal rights and some of my works are about peace and finding spirituality.
My environmental and nature works are often landscapes painted from life. The act of painting outdoors is a statement in itself for me as it’s an act of freedom. I enjoy exploring different landscapes to emphasise and celebrate nature. Sometimes, I will exhibit my work at the places I paint and film this as an extension of my project. Sometimes the landscape and artwork becomes a film in itself.
My works about violence can be historical or contemporary. For instance I am interested in the plight of the witches in history and healers. I have a fascination with herbs and creating herbal remedies which I see as another art form and links me to the women healers of the past. I paint women in a variety of ways to subvert traditional assumptions and my animal rights work is often created through abstraction and poster work.
I enjoy using paint, mixed media and film. Stitch is an important part of my work as it symbolises ancient traditions carried out historically by women to the present. I enjoy textile art and combine a variety of materials into my work, using applique, embroidery, free style sewing, painting and collage. My textile artworks are a combination of small works and large wall tapestries.
My films are usually short experimental films where I film at different locations. They are often inspired by nature and human instincts such as identity, ritual and travel. My work can be quite mystical and dream- like and at other times it is a direct response to what I see around me. In my experimental films, themes such as memory, dreams and emotions are my main interest with an emphasis on movement of the human body and the natural environment, particularly, water, trees and birds, provoking me towards creating transient and dream – like narratives.
I create art because I enjoy the process of discovery and experimentation and also to convey a message. I find creativity therapeutic and the ultimate way to explore meaning and balance in my life and surroundings. I feel, in many ways that my works act as a diary of my lifetime, emotions and interests.
I have had an unconventional route into art. I feel I am primarily self taught because my environment and life experiences have been my main inspiration. As a young girl, I was brought up around art and appreciated art tuition and discussion on art with my parents who were artists. Even before I studied a degree in Art & English, I had by that time exhibited and found myself immersed in my work. I feel I have picked up most of my skills just by going to exhibitions as well as watching and talking to other artists. My father was always wonderful to talk to and discuss art with and living in a variety of cities and travelling abroad in my youth contributed to much of my inspiration and development as an artist. Studying art at degree level was another joy that I appreciated and enjoyed immensely at the time.
My main work was always painting and then I started to write poetry and create short experimental films.
In the past, I have curated exhibitions and organised poetry readings. Some of my illustrated writing has been published in books, magazines and anthologies.