Making art requires discipline, commitment, passion, playfulness, skill, a sense of humour and a ridiculous leap of faith. Like all worthy mythological quests, it is not a straight road. It takes you to places you had no intention of visiting. I find it a refreshing and delicious break from writing. The process of writing is creative and cerebral, while painting connects me to a more intuitive path.
I work with acrylic paint, ink, pastels, Japanese rice papers, charcoal, found objects, and petals and leaves from my garden. The mixed media/collage process is messy and sticky, but that’s part of the fun. Landscape and figurative elements inform my imagery, however, the pieces tend to be abstract or iconic. I work on both paper and canvas, large and small.
I usually begin by choosing a colour, image, concept or character. My work tends to be free-flowing, with energetic brush work and layers of ripped paper. As in music and dance, rhythm, mood and line are important. As in writing, a painting should have an element of surprise, something that intrigues or engages the viewer on an emotional, intellectual and spiritual level.
I take my inspiration from the ordinary and the extraordinary: trees and gardens, the seasonal quality of light, the sensuality of the human body, the power of landscapes, and the raw wounds of experience. Sometimes I know where I’m going, and sometimes I get lost. In the studio, time disappears, the subconscious mind takes over and the rest of the world falls away.