“…And the pool was filled with water out of sunlight,
And the lotus rose, quietly, quietly,
The surface glittered out of heart of light…
…Go, go, go said the bird; human kind cannot bear very much reality”.
T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets
I spent my childhood growing up in a small market town in Kent within a short driving distance to the coast. During this time, Kent was still known as the ‘Garden of England’ with its orchards, rural landscape, hops and oast houses. Over the last half century the urbanization of this area of natural beauty has left me with lasting impressions which have weaved their way into my work. Working for an international perfumery house at the start of my working life sparked my creativity and nurtured my interest in flowers, particularly roses.
My poetic paintings are inspired by themes of nature, philosophy and myth. Myths, just like abstract art can help express human emotion. I am interested in the language of flowers and metaphors can often allude to a goddess and her story or a personified emotion. I have avoided representation especially ‘ideal beauty’ and female archetypes. The essence of beauty from nature is revealed in this way and by creating a sense of divine mystery I can retell ancient Greek myths from a modern female perspective. Layering is essential to my work to capture the depth of my ideas but also to slowly reveal hidden colours when the conditions are right. I paint directly onto blank canvas or paper building up colour with brushstrokes and sometimes a variety of materials such as stitch, print, gathered objects and textiles. As my paintings have rhythm and flow, they can often be considered as contemporary meditations.