My work flows from memories and imagined narratives. It's funny being an artist - you walk around day to day seeing things, but you find yourself taking a second look all the time, distorting, framing and seeing past the actual object or scene. Everywhere I look I see colour, texture, forms ... an these play on my mind. I may forget about them for a while, but they'll always be there, evolving. It might be the twisted shapes of tree roots, or the colour of the sky. When I paint, it's always an adventure. I never know what is going to happen and anything seems possible. It's like my senses combine and take over. Shapes and colours emerge from beneath my fingertips.
Biography: Qualifications BA (Hons) Art: Practice and Theory Lancaster University Lancashire England Awards Lowenbrau Art Prize 1994 North American Manx Association Silver Medal– Art and Craft 2000 Exhibitions: “Studded” 2004 Lancaster University “Art for All” 2006 Rheindahlen Rooms, JHQ, Germany "The Gallery" 2006 Helena Bay Hill, Old Russell Road, RD 4 Hikurangi, New Zealand Ever since I can remember I was interested in drawing and painting. I'd spend hours looking at the illustrations in children's books, the more detailed the better. I'd get my Mum to copy pictures of the characters and cut them out so I could use them in my own imaginary stories. I think watching my Mum draw kind of gave me confidence and it wasn't long before I was creating my own pictures. I had my first drawing of a group of cats published on the front cover of the school magazine aged 5. From then on I was drawing as much as I could, be it cartoons, pisstakes of the teachers at school, my family etc. At school I learnt how to paint and at University I learnt how to experiment with paint. It's something I've always had the ability to do and taken for granted. Only after University did I really start to think about what an amazing gift I actually have and to take it more seriously. It really gives me buzz being able to create a picture out of a blank canvas and my own ideas and imagination. During my time at University I met, fell hopelessly in love with and consequently married my husband Ian. We have lived out in Germany now for 2 years and I am currently doing the whole starving artist thing by working part time as a medical centre receptionist (to have a regular income to buy canvases, paints, snowboarding trips etc!) and then painting as much as I can in my spare time.
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