The natural world is my passion and the inspiration for all my work. In my
abstract paintings, the sublime in nature's many subjects leads me to
an intense process of applying paint layer after layer, allowing the
work to take over through marks or brush strokes until a finished image
emerges from the pure act of painting. The colour or mood of a sunset
can develop into many compositions.
My work oscillates between pure abstraction and figuration with precise
details of a subject, depending on my feelings of the moment.
I also take photographs of flowers and landscapes. I approach these
within their own environment from various angles and at varying
different stages. I will often try and push the composition or colour
as far as possible in an attempt for the painting to pulsate with the
energy of life.
I paint mainly in oils. I enjoy this medium because of its depth of
colour and sensuousness. My choice of colours is an instinctive
response that refers to my own personal feelings at the time of
conception. I use colours in the same way as many a pregnant woman
craves a certain food. It is like a vital and necessary bodily
nutrient. It is as innate as that. Colours will have an effect of
either soothing or stimulating the viewer.
Like the Impressionists, my desire is to create work that allows the
viewer to partake in pure visual pleasure. This acts as escapism from
the feeling of isolation, stress, despair or hardship that can too
often be felt today in our city lives.
I started experimenting with paint in my kitchen at home when I was a
young mother. However it is only in the last ten years that I have
given myself entirely over to it.
I initially attended numerous part-time painting courses until I decided in 1997 to do a BA
Honours Degree in Fine Art Painting which I successfully completed at
the City & Guilds of London Art School. I just wanted to push
myself as far as possible within the discipline.
Many painters have influenced my work. My hero is Turner, with his marvellous
translation of light as the major important matter in his paintings.
Mark Rothko's work seemed to share my same desire to invite viewers
into a state of meditative tranquillity. In my figurative work, light
hitting my subject matter often inspires me to paint a space of
"nothingness" for the mind to travel or rest.
Zao Wu Ki is a contemporary Chinese Abstract artist who has inspired me a great
deal. His large oil paintings embrace water, luminosity and rocks. This
invites meditative reflection. The simplification and often
the omission of direct objects or tangible subject matter inspires me to
explore further in my own work.