I am a contemporary visual artist, specialising in creating bold paintings of dramatic colour and rich texture. My inspiration comes from colour itself, and my approach to art is most akin to abstract expressionism. My paintings are a celebration of the creative process; whereby the initial inspiration is the spring board and from this the art evolves. Music plays a vital role in my creativity, it is the catalyst from where I draw my emotional expression and my paintings are often the execution of a visual colour melody.
I work mainly in acrylic paint and mixed media collage. I work in a series of paintings, each one exploring different creative pursuits. ‘Soundscapes’ are an expression of the emotional impact of music and are exhibited with an accompanying sound. ‘Streetscapes’ explore the colour and texture of city life through mixed media and collage. This series of paintings fuse photography and fine art techniques, as I combine painting application with image transfers.
Currently I am exploring the emotional impact of colour in my ‘Colours of Hope’ series. Canvases of saturated colour inspired by or to inspire hope. What is the colour of hope? This is the question I am pursuing through art workshops and an online survey. What I have found from my study is that although there are some colours that consistently register as ‘hope’, every colour has at some stage represented hope to someone. It is a personal response and subject to an individual’s circumstances, history and cultural association.
Each series of paintings I create explores the intricacies and uniqueness of humanity. My ‘Soundscapes’ are an experience, drawing each individual viewer into a personal creative adventure using sight and sound. They inspire an internal dialogue of heart. The ‘Streetscapes’ capture the imagination through visual imagery, reminding us that we are all part of one global village; and the ‘Colours of Hope’ are to inspire us that the world is really an amazing place.