I am a British-New Zealand artist creating portraits and abstract paintings in oils, currently based in the Cotswolds. I have painted for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I had watercolour lessons with my Gran, who was not actually my Gran but my Stepmother. I come from complicated. For this reason I will always consider watercolours to be special even though over the years I have developed a love for oils. Painting is incredibly important to me because it makes me feel connected to her still, each day.
Painting has always been a natural way for me to process and express emotions and ideas that otherwise seem intangible. It is a way of bridging the inner and outer world, of giving form to that which seems inexpressive and unspeakable.
My work primarily explores themes of self and identity, creating reflections of an inner world. I create realistic oil paintings of female portraits with echoes of my grounding in watercolour, contrasting realism with watery abstraction. The models are often depicted wearing a mask of heavy make-up and Elizabethan style ruffs, something that has been in part inspired by my background in theatre, and in no small part inspired by watching Peter Greenaway’s Prospero’s Books when I was at Art School. Yet behind each piece lies a hidden story, an idea, emotion or memory transfixed in time.
I am interested in creating works that are often unfinished because I consider it to be a mirror to real life, where things are seldom perfect or resolved, where there is a persistent struggle for balance and equilibrium, and everything is transient and ever changing.
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