I have been a practicing artist for as long as I care to remember. Some things just come naturally to people. For me it was drawing and years later that became painting.
I had never even picked up a paintbrush until a box of oil paint was passed down to me from my loving and inspiring Grandmother, who herself was an artist.
For a long time I think I painted to keep her memory alive, but I soon found that it gained a life of its own. Almost autobiographical in their nature, they are my life put on board and canvas for all to see.
My works are personal expressions of love, loss, family and friends, experiences and at times fantasy brought to life through art.
Rarely do works ever come out the way I first imagine them to be. They must always take on a life of their own. Much like children, they grow to become what they are destined to become. There is a certain excitement that comes from putting paint to board. Sometimes without us even knowing, it is telling us everything we need to know about ourselves. perhaps it brings out parts of us that we keep hidden. There are lessons inside ourselves that only we can teach ourselves. This draws from blending both experience and meditation of the art practice.
The other half of my work is life drawing, which has been a great love of mine from the very beginning of art school to this very day. There is nothing more beautiful and challenging than the human body. I can't imagine ever wanting to stop drawing it.
I have catalogued my work from most recent, through to my very early days. It's obvious to see how my influences have changed throughout the years.
In my early days I looked to surrealism quite a lot. It was a fun form of expression, and when you’re young all you really want to paint are the crazy and fantastical.
As I grew, I fell in love with works that were more neo-classical, like those of the Pre-raphaelites or Turner. Geometry would constantly weave its way into my life, possibly from early influences like Escher and later Alex Grey.
I think my greatest gift and flaw is that I never have been able to create one single style of work. It's a curse of being influenced by so many. Most recently over the last few years I am developing a style that is completely my own. I am slowly becoming my own influence.
Artists who have shaped and inspired me:
June Barringham, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Sebastian Berto, Zahra Zainal, Shaun Tan, James Gleeson, John Everett Millais, June Barringham, Elizabeth Botte, John Waterhouse, Brett Whiteley, Tim Cole, Braden Kear, Salvador Dali, J.M.W. Turner, Sam Lewis, Chris Dolman, Frida Kahlo, Mucha, Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, Alex Grey, John Maisey, Leonardo Da Vinci and Louise O'Connor.
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