Why I Paint?
I am a self taught abstract artist and discovered it in my later years. I have fallen madly in love with creating and expressing myself using colour and acrylic 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 myself missing the desire of artistic self expression!! Painting allows me to create my own colourful world here on earth!
Painting is cathartic and also 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 a world of my own. In my art and my life I have learned to slow down, accept the 'ugly' stages, ride the wave of 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, abstract acrylic paintings with music playing a large role in my creative process, influencing the fluidity and movement of my art. I am able to connect to the energies, emotions, and colour of the music, and this is what shows up on the canvas.
I work in many layers, scraping, pushing, lifting, mark making, and blending paint. My favourite tools are not brushes, but rather palette knives, spatulas, catalyst tools, brayers, trowels, tissue paper and paper (to lift off paint and create texture), oil pastels, water-soluble crayons, charcoal, and china markers for mark making. Also I blend my colours on a stay wet palette, as well as on the canvas, painting wet on wet and enjoying the surprise and outcome of new colours.
My acrylic paintings are created intuitively without a plan other than my colour choices. I begin each work with looser shapes and mark making, and darker colours along with their complimentary colours. Then with each added layer I play with colours which sing in harmony on the canvas.
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 married 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, and a standard poodle, Milo, who keeps me entertained and loves to lay at my feet while I paint 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,