Artist and Writer in Berkshire UK
Mine is a classic story; I was advised to "drop" art at college since "it would never make me a proper livelihood" so it took a health crisis for me to pick up a paintbrush and some oils once again, in my mid 30s. Those paints came to my rescue when they fell out of a messy cupboard at just the right time, and using them came naturally from the start. Painting became like a daily meditation and really helped me on my healing path whilst opening new doors of possibility. Within two years, I had been invited to exhibit as a regular at a prestigious gallery and so began a full-time art career.
My paintings have since been exhibited in galleries across several counties in the UK and beyond and are held in private collections internationally. More recently, I have focussed upon internet exposure. Diversification into digital processes is now allowing me to develop a multifarious combination of brushstrokes and digital techniques, making use of my experience as a painter and photographer to work in many layers on a desktop to create a new generation of artworks. This, combined with a a lifelong passion for textiles, has led to the creation of a collection of fabric designs for luxury scarves, bags and interior products. This appeals to my long-held conviction that art should not be limited to a small area of a wall but used to enhance and communicate positivity in all aspect of our daily lives.
My work is diverse but my core subject is 'light' or, more particularly, those moments of intense radiance that are as transformative as they are fleeting. Colours are vibrant and bold yet there is a subtle energetic quality (beyond the visual) that holds the potential to harmonise the emotions of those who are drawn to it. Both my subject matter and my style are open to continuous evolution in a journey that feeds a passion for art that never grows stale.
I am also an avid health and lifestyle researcher and writer, published in 2011 as a contributer to an international series of self-help books and as primary contributer to my two long-established blogs. While Spinning the Light is a free-for-all covering a multitude of playful and positive subjects, Living Whole is primarily focussed on the topic of my efforts to recover from fibromyalgia and a number of related health challenges.