As a self-guided artist, I have been painting and drawing in the background of 35 years in costume design and production, and in family life. My first group exhibition in 2016 marked the change in my career direction to explore and redevelop my skills as an individual artist.
Although I started with watercolour and pen & wash I then painted primarily with acrylic, enjoying the immediacy of the medium and the freedom it allowed me to change my mind. Finding the right brushstroke with the right consistency of paint is a part of the evolution of a painting that I love.
Moving between realism and a more impressionistic form, my earlier works have been with acrylic paints, oil paints, inks and oil pastels and collage as I emphasise the textures and shapes in the details of nature and our transient journey through the landscape.
Listening is akin to noticing and a clue to past history can often be found around the edges of the main focus.
I see patterns of lines, diagonals and curves that focus my attention in a scene; these are what pull me in and compel me to paint both what I see and feel. It is about capturing the less than obvious detail with a mixture of reality and illusion and savouring the moment.
Currently I have been working with cold wax medium and oil paint to be able apply multiple layers and textures and then excavate to reveal hidden colours.