I’m an abstract painter working from my studio in Warwickshire. I look for connections in the world around me, and create an interpretation in my studio using marks, colours and shapes as my language. I work in acrylic, often including mixed media elements such as pastels and spray paint. My aim is to balance serendipity with control.
Certain lines, shapes and symbols, like the Zen Buddhist enso symbol, crop up in my work. I love the simplicity of the enso circle which “expresses a moment when the mind is free to let the body create”.
To spark my creativity, I often shift my focus from the distant to the close up – either enlarging details in a photograph to reveal unseen shapes and hidden connections; or sketching the wide open spaces of the surrounding Warwickshire landscape where I live.
However, it’s only in recent years, that I’ve settled in a rural location. I grew up in Bristol, Vienna, and Birmingham, and also lived for periods of time in other cities including Manchester, Graz and San Francisco. As a result, urban elements, such as city building facades, layered with posters and graffiti, also sometimes show up in my work. My background in travel and culture has given me a fascination with connections – whether that be between people, places and memories, or between colours and shapes. I hope to convey these stories of connection through the use of colour, lines, edges, and layers.
I’ve loved art and painting from a young age. I studied Fine Art at Birmingham City University while also working part time in PR. After leaving college I had nearly a decade of success, selling my work through galleries in the West Midlands, Yorkshire and elsewhere, taking part in numerous solo and joint exhibitions.
Subsequently I worked in Communications at the Civil Service handling the media for VIP visits, including Royalty and Government Ministers. It was a very different career from painting, but so much of what I learned, around communication and creating connections, feeds into my art today. For the last few years, I’ve been in a position to fully focus on my painting again being selected for the Other Art Fair and showing through several galleries.