I came late to painting, having first pursued a career in the fashion industry. With an opportunity to study fine art as a mature student however, I gradually forged a new path. We are surrounded by contrasts between the organic and the manufactured, the rural and the urban. These surprising and often unnoticed juxtapositions inspire me. This becomes manifest in my work with an exploration of dissimilar line, colour and form on the canvas. Picasso was quoted as having said, “It took me four years to paint like Raphael but a lifetime to paint like a child”. I try to encourage a childlike open-minded approach towards the creative process and my preferred choice of media (industrial floor resin) and its inherently unpredictable nature helps to enhance this fluid mind-state. The painting process always involves focussed working but maintaining the freshness, vitality, energy and integrity of the original expression is important to me.
I am constantly surprised by paint and its possibilities.