Painting makes me happy. I find it engrossing, exciting and compelling – and sometimes even frustrating! Painting to me, is not always about a finished work; I like to take the viewer on a journey of their own. If you like, I open the door but invite them to use their own imagination to decide on the ending.
Many years ago I obtained a Degree in Textile Design at Loughborough College of Art. Over time I have realized my true passion is for painting whilst still retaining an element of design and pattern.
I paint vibrant, loose, semi-abstract landscapes and florals which are inspired by natural surroundings wherever I happen to be, whether I’m in the countryside or by the coast.
I love the unpredictable nature of watercolour, the freedom it brings and the way it creates “happy accidents” which result in some beautiful colour combinations and effects, something I find quite addictive!
I’ve recently been experimenting with new techniques by combining different mediums such as Acrylics, Inks and oil pastels to create exciting textures in my paintings.
I tend to work spontaneously allowing the painting to evolve as I go along. I was once told that no work in progress is precious and therefore I am never frightened of taking risks. Some of my most successful pieces of work have resulted from throwing caution to to wind and seeing what happens next! That way there is always the excitement of the unknown and the painting stays alive and fresh. This can also produce an energetic, atmospheric surprise which would be virtually impossible to achieve by conventional methods alone.