“…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 nurtured my interest in flowers, particularly roses. Since 2010, when I was able to spend more time on my artistic work, I have tried to express awareness of losing our connection with nature. The benefits of our natural world are starting to be acknowledged.
My poetic paintings have been created by experiencing the beauty within nature and more recently, its healing qualities. I paint expressively, with an awareness to current environmental issues, philosophy and ancient myths of Mother Nature. During the creative process I strive to produce the essence of my meditations, which often reveal a sense of divine mystery. I take photographs and paint watercolour sketches to capture inspiration during the seasons. I paint directly onto blank canvas or paper with paint, building up colour and form with brushstrokes and signature materials. 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.