So much of my work is metaphorically autobiographical, exploring the interplay between life and art – my inner world. Stimulated by the exchange and interaction of ideas, I work between the boundaries of reality and imagination looking outward from inside; a synthesis of memory, myth, and the psychology of intimacy. To me, the physical act of creation evokes ancient archetypes, totems, and mythical rites that create a calculated catharsis that challenges concepts of beauty and perceptions of truth and reality. My art explores the emotional effects of the unconscious; bringing into play a visual mashup of universal symbols, mysterious landscapes, and biomorphic forms that connect directly to my sexuality, spiritual awareness, and growth. The cosmic divine.
The process of painting develops in an instinctive way, I have no desire to illustrate my natural surroundings, my artistic approach may start with a physical landscape or a metamorphic mineral, invariably it is a starting point for something ‘other’ to develop – magic ensues from combining what exists into what has never existed before. This synthesis of new evocative forms goes beyond the physical world and when I enter this unknown territory I am taken to that part of a dream I may have had, or the feeling that it left me with. It is an exchange of ideas, questions, and doubts that creates magic in the heart of things, like an offering that asks for nothing and is addressed to no one. Whatever the visual traces that are left on the surface of my paintings and drawings, I hope to pose existentialist questions about who and what we are. It is the polarities between consciousness and unconsciousness; memory and ambiguity; self and other; death and rebirth, that has universal significance.
FOR SALES I sell selected paintings exclusively with Gabriel Fine Art and online with Saatchi Art-maskedsphinx
Satanic Butterfly series 2022 onwards
Lost Landscapes 2021-2022
These paintings are of real and imagined journeys to mountains, lakes, and forests. One mountain, in particular, is Mount Parnassus – a cultural and historical mountain range in Greece. In myth, Parnassus is sacred to both Dionysus and Apollo, as well as being home to the Muses and the Oracle of Delphi. Parnassus is known as the home of poetry, music, and learning. The legacy of the mountain is that of a holy one, where the power of divinity is manifested.
SACRED STONES, MAGNETIC FIELDS (2020-2021)
Ancient people had a way of knowing and understanding the magic that surround particular places, being attuned to these subtle energies that the modern world experience less of, particularly in an urban landscape. Magnetic anomalies exist around particular stones, especially stone circles, and the worn ley-lines – embedded human tracks in the earth that link to ancient sites. I have taken woodland walks and rambles through the countryside to coastal regions, observing the shifting light from day to night and the energies that surround particular spaces inform this series of paintings and drawings. The stone circle is my starting point, working between abstraction and figuration, colour and form and real and imagined space.
All paintings are on stretched canvas and framed canvas boards using pastel, acrylic and spray paint.
AROUSAL OF THE KUNDALINI SERIES (2019 – 2020)
Collecting taxidermy snakes and images of snakes that have been x-rayed with various objects inside them, I have developed a series of work concerned with form and matter, transparency and largely what’s unseen. Biomorphic forms have emerged, like diagnostic imageries that are not based on science and knowledge, but enacting the tools of scientific inquiry to try and describe intimacy, love, and movement. My painting process has slowed down as I have begun to think about other ways of working. These paintings reference my ongoing enquiry with snake forms and skeletons fused with body parts and organs. Observations on how easy it is to lose a real sense of connection to ourselves and the natural world.
The future is not in the machine, it is in the organism.
21ST CENTURY WOMAN SERIES (2018)
Recent ideas have developed using photo-montages, painting installations and objects that explore the primitive psyche and the psychogeography of a place – the places and spaces that have both a history and memory that I have a connection to are juxtaposed with a female mannequin (dressed with) and accompanied by an array of taxidermy animals from snakes, woodland animals, and birds. Observing how easy it is to lose a real sense of connection to ourselves and the natural world around us, these works ask the question, ‘what does it mean to be a 21st Century Woman?’
All location photography taken in Wiltshire: the stone circle in the ancient Neolithic village of Avebury and the woods and landscape of Salisbury Plain.
PHOENIX & LITTLE WING SERIES (2016-2017)
This existential body of work centres on the transformation of life form, creating a sense of visual intrigue and material presence. The physicality and expansion of scale take on a metamorphic quality that occupies an ambiguous space – fragile, transient, ethereal. The polarities between consciousness and unconsciousness; memory and ambiguity; self and other; death and rebirth (although the dialogue has a personal narrative) has universal significance.
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