As far back as I can remember I had said I wanted to be an artist, but it took until 2014 when I again took up painting, at first with the help of some short art courses and then undertaking a BA Hons in Fine Art at Wrexham Glyndwr University, graduating in 2020 in the midst of the national lockdown.
Throughout my life I have been a reflective practitioner, where I see the process of reflection as giving me a new perspective on the issues facing myself and others. It is a personal process, enabling me to make sense of my experiences through a looking back, a looking sideways or as if looking in a mirror, seeing afresh what has been created or achieved and learning from this. Reflecting has been particularly important as the unique challenges encountered by all of us throughout the past months have needed resilience and a clear understanding of self to enable us to cope. For me, painting is part of that reflective process, as well as providing a personal escape route from the realities being reported upon every day.
As an artist I work in many mediums. I am not an abstract artist, preferring to represent recognisable objects. However, neither am I a photo realist, so I attempt to create a sense and feel of what I am painting. I am drawn to vibrancy of colour and strong, dynamic shapes, creating an impression of the nature, depth and texture of the objects being portrayed.
Orange and Black Mussel Rope
Red Cabbage 1
Red Cabbage 2