About me, my art... and you

My art

I create colourful, expressive, intuitive art in different mediums, and my favourite tools are energy, line and colour.

Mostly I rely on my imagination, knowledge and the memory of how things look in order to capture the essence of the subjects in my artworks.

Working organically, drawing freehand, choosing the colours instinctively and mostly working fast to ensue the final piece is filled with energy and joie de vivre is the best thing in the world for me.

INSPIRATION

Whatever I create is always in some way inspired by the organic world and my lifelong connection with nature.

Growing up

As a kid growing up in rural North Yorkshire, I loved the details of the hedgerows, studied the wild flowers, learned all their names and gave them all a special place in my heart. I'm now back, living here again, and I see the same hedgerows again every day, with the same wild flowers still appearing every season as they always did. Nature is THE BEST!

Drawing

I drew a lot as a kid. I can see myself, about age 5, in the kitchen with my mum. I’m wearing my fave stripy jumper she'd knitted for me out of some random supply of wool, with a pencil in my hand, at the kitchen table, piece of paper in front of me. I remember asking, 'What shall I draw?' And my mum always knew what to say.

Imagination

It's funny that that childhood memory for a long time suggested to me that I didn't have much imagination, but as I've grown older, I've been more and more attracted to sourcing directly what was in my head, or heart. Which means that I really am 'drawing' straight from my imagination, memory and instinct!

Childhood

​So my connection with my childhood – everything I absorbed as a kid, the physical detail and the strong personal influences of the special people who loved and encouraged me then… my AWESOME Austrian mother with boundless energy and love and endless life stories and fairy tales to tell… will always underpin what I create and how I feel about it. This, and all that I've learned from a lifetime of making art, filters into everything I do.

My childhood brings the light and freedom that fills my work.

My creative process

I love being an intuitive artist. In fact, I have no choice... because I’m emotion/freedom-led and like to follow my instincts whenever I can.

I pick up a pastel, or pen, or pencil, and start to draw.

The art flows naturally. It goes like this:

HEART → brain → hand → ART

and each medium creates art that has its own identity. That’s why you’ll see distinct types of art from me, grouped in collections, according to the medium I've used.

Your part in all of this

The greatest thing is when someone (that's you) sees what I've created and loves it or is moved or excited by it in some way.

You see my art. It goes like this:

ART → eyes → brain → HEART

This is how my art makes a connection and gains real meaning to someone other than me.

I like to think of it that way, although it would be just as fantastic to me if you liked my art because you'd been looking for a pretty picture to fill a space on your wall or it made the perfect gift for your 'she's so tricky to buy for' sister.

I don't really mind which way it goes. They're both beautiful ways to feel validated as an artist. And whichever one is you, thank you.

The results

In all my art, whatever the medium, I aim to create something that’s unique and individual. Oh yes, not forgetting beautiful, lively, fun, colourful, uplifting and with a spirit as light as air! Whether I succeed is ultimately for you to decide!

In any case, I hope that those attributes are as important to you as they are to me and that if you decide you'd like to own something I've created, you'll look at it as often as you can and feel the light and freedom it brings with it, from me to you.