I have been driven to creative pursuits all my life, having drawn and painted for as long as I can remember. I also learnt needlecraft from my Mum and Grandma very young. Whilst working and raising a family art was a hobby and sewing a useful skill. In 2004 I changed direction and started a Fine Art degree graduating in 2010. I discovered a talent for 3D and an unsuspected intellectualism which has led to exploration of many materials and an abiding passion for learning. I constantly stirve to improve my observation, knowledge and skills. I am never without a sketchbook. I feel a deep connection to art history and experience an empathy, or resonance, with artists of earlier times. I try and live to the polymath ideal of Leonardo Da Vinci. In art I strive for the emotiveness of Hopper, the exotic, eroticism of O’Keefe and the eloquence of Hepworth. In sewing I aim for couture expertise and quality.
For me art is interdisciplinary and I find that skills are malleable and transferable. I also find that my ethos, or perhaps pathos, tends to manifest across all mediums and subjectivities. Drawing underpins everything I do and this is true of art, design or craft projects. I will often work a project through a number of mediums seeking more clarity and a deeper understanding of nature, form or personality.
How does it work out in actual practice? I am mercurial and like change so projects tend to last for 3-6 months or they are long term with periodic breaks, the latter is generally true of oil painting projects given the nature of oils and drying times. I like being flexible and able to take a course or unexpected break to do something different. I don’t have a favourite subjectivity and am as happy painting a landscape, cityscape, seascape or portrait…or sewing a 1940s outfit for that matter!