“Right from early art school, I wanted to use the body to create a sense of inner relationships with the audience.”
From a very early age I have always had an interest in colour, tone and form which lead to creating drawings and paintings. Most of this work was self-taught. It was not until I was thirty five that I returned to Education, and went to Paston Sixth form College. It was there that I completed my Alevels in Art and Design and Photography. Then I turned to NUA (Norwich University of the Arts) and completed my Ba Hons Fine Art. I have continued to create art, for myself and have continued to feel my way through to a more cohesive whole. £
“The true work of art is born from the 'artist': a mysterious, enigmatic, and mystical creation. It detaches itself from him, it acquires an autonomous life, becomes a personality, an independent subject, animated with a spiritual breath, the living subject of a real existence of being.”
― Wassily Kandinsky
As artist I enjoy immersing myself in whatever medium feels correct for the piece at hand. I find that following my instincts can help my creativity flow. My process I have realised is one of looking and digesting, and creating from a space of remembered images either from life or from deliberately looking at primary and secondary sourced materials created from internal fluids. This can then lead to a mixing of real forms with created imagined forms. I follow where my imagery takes me as artist, as through investigation I am find a truer form of my own practice.
“Art does not reproduce the visible; rather it makes visible.”
Paul Klee 1920.
As artist, I am inspired by looking, seeing and observing my surroundings whether it be a landscape, a seascape, a cloud or looking internally at body fluids. Visiting exhibitions is another extension of seeing, all is internalised digested. and released through the medium of creating.
As with all artists, I am never satisfied with my work and I strive to create the elusive, the perfect the piece that I am ultimately content with. I believe that if that ever happens I will stop creating, because it is this need that pushes me forward.
“I get inspiration from things that have nothing to do with painting: caricature, items from newspapers, sights in the street, proverbs, nursery-rhymes, children’s games and songs, nightmares, desires, terrors. …That question (why do you paint?) has been put to me before and my answer was, “To give terror a face.” But it’s more than that. I paint because I can’t help it.”
“I love creation more than life, and I must express myself before disappearing.”
“Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not. ”
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