What are the major themes in your work?
I draw influence from the mark-making techniques of the Abstract Expressionist Movement, Gestural and Action Painting, the subject of contemporary painters and the concepts of Meta Art. I am also interested in exploring structures of identity through art, and the potential for paintings to act as a “mirror” and a place of reflection for the viewer. I have progressed and developed this interest through my studies of and qualification in Art Therapy.
How did you first get interested in your medium, and what draws you to it specifically?
I come from a creative family and have been making art since childhood. My Arts education was fostered by my mother, and various passionate art teachers. I have memories of making clay sculptures with my first art teacher in her studio when I was 5 years old. I followed this passion through my education studying Art and Art History through school and University. A Major in Art History supported my understanding that art determines cultural place and attitude. I particularly enjoyed studying Modern and Contemporary Art Theory.
I am drawn to the age-old medium of painting. There is history in paint and the medium is fundamental to Art. I find working with paint to be primal, visceral, intimate, honest and filled with potential for expression and observation.