Why I Paint?
I discovered painting in my retirement years and have fallen madly in love with creating and expressing myself with colour and paint. It's kinda like a drug, in the sense that I feel the need to create, and on those days when I don't, which isn't often, I find my self missing the desire of artistic self expression!!
Painting is cathartic and gives me permission to explore my emotions...all my emotions, both negative and positive. I benefit by learning to embrace my negative emotions with as much gusto, joy, acceptance and excitement as I do the positive ones, and this affords me the opportunity to build my confidence, trust in my process, and feel complete as I express my deepest self on the canvas.
My passion is abstract art and this has opened the doors to the discovery of what moves me, being aware of my thoughts, energies and feelings which translates into every aspect of my life. In my art and my life I have learned to slow down, accept the ugly stages, gently move through the energetic flow, trust my instincts, and above all else find the joy in every aspect of creating.
My 2019 intention is to create art that moves my collectors as well as myself. There is a spanish word which is my reminder...DUENDE which can be translated as the mysterious power of art to deeply move a person. Creating abstract art is a very personal journey in which I feel, as in life, the waves of emotional experiences.
How I Paint?
I create colourful, organic, ethereal, atmospheric abstract acrylic paintings with music playing a large role in my creative process, influencing the fluidity and movement of my art. I work in many layers, scraping, pushing, lifting, mark making, and blending paint. I seldom use a brush (other than on my first layers), my favourite tool being a bowl scraper giving me the opportunity to create flow and movement in my art. Other tools I use frequently are rollers, tissue paper (to lift off paint and create texture), oil pastels and charcoal for mark making. Also I blend my colours on the canvas painting wet on wet most often.
My acrylic paintings are created intuitively without a plan other than my colour choices. I begin each work with looser shapes and often with the warmer colours of reds, oranges, and yellows, and as the layers are added I begin adding the cooler colours of blues and purples. In my final layer or two I focus on the contrast between colours and dark and light to finish each piece, mirroring my road from darkness to light.
While painting I experience freedom in creative expression, a release of my inner critic, and each creation leads me further on my path towards gentleness and joy!
As for my personal life, I am wife to a man I have known for almost 40 years who had a massive stroke in 2008 and currently resides in long-term care. We have two young adult sons, who are exploring the world each in their own way.
My daily company consists of two cats, Wynston and Lucy, who keep me entertained and at times join me in my studio! I am also the owner of an off-the-track thoroughbred horse, Onyx, who brings me much joy and many life lessons giving me the opportunity to discover a deeper level of self.
Thank you for spending time here, and I look forward to getting to know you!
With love and light,