In 2016 I had an aha moment. It was about freedom; what it means for me, what it could mean, how it shapes a life. Like dominos, memories from across my life starting falling into each other, showing me all the places I hadn’t been free, and all the places I was desperate for it and didn’t know. A door opened in my life and in my art, and I stepped through. I step through it now every time I paint.
And so my art is an ever evolving expression of what freedom feels like.
My current work centres on abstract landscapes, inspired by a deep love of the sea and the natural sense of freedom it both demonstrates and elicits. I want the paintings to be evocative and suggestive rather than descriptive. These are not real places you can visit, although they might feel familiar; they come from feelings and memories, and often lead into an enticing ‘beyond’, an imaginary place that is undefined and open to your unique interpretation and desires.
I work fast and loose in mixed media, using mainly acrylics, charcoal, gesso, oil bars and water soluble Inktense blocks, with tissue paper layers a more recent addition. Switching up my materials as I work keeps me feeling free :) and allows for surprises during the process.
- Artists Open Houses, Buller Road, Brighton
November 2010 – Jan 2011
- James Hull, Ship Street, Brighton
February – March 2011
- Lulu and Hitch, Hove
- Lily and Harold, Shoreham
- Pizza Express, Hove
- Artists Open Houses, Glooh Baah House, Brighton
- Mad Hatter Cafe, Brighton
- JAG Gallery, Brighton
- The Toll House Gallery and Cafe, Lindfield
- Caffe Bar Italia, Hove
- Salvage Cafe, Hove