Q. How would you describe yourself?
I am an open, honest, down to earth and positive person. I believe the life you live is the one moulded from the decisions and choices you make along the way. I choose to think well of myself, I am kind to myself and others. My choice to become best friends with myself was my ticket to freedom. My art is a massive part of who I am and something I simply cannot live without.
Q. Where do you get your ideas or inspiration from?
My art has changed styles quite considerably from when I started. My work used to be quite stylised, planned and usually contained literal elements such as flowers, animals or patterns.
Over the last year and especially in 2015 my work has become quite abstract expressionist in style. I attribute this to my growing confidence in myself as an artist, a woman and a mother. I am also looking inward more than I ever have and this spiritual connection I am experiencing is helping me to release my emotions onto canvas more readily and expressively.
Our Western lives place hardly any emphasis on our spirituality and nurturing our souls. I don’t believe you can truly live without being connected to that part ofyou.
More and more my art is about navigating the spiritual landscape inside of me. My inspiration now comes from within instead of from the outside world like it used to.
Q. How are you different from other artists?
I have my own unique style and vantage point from which I paint. My work is an expression of me and my personal experiences. There is no one else in the world that feels and experiences what I do and therefore what I paint is always going to be different from other artists. I don't paint 'real' things, I paint feelings, expression, emotion. I play with paint, I love to experiment and be very physical with my brushes. No one paints like I do. I believe we all have our unique gifts to offer to the world and mine is in the form of art, in my unique abstract way.
Q. How long have you been painting and what is your background?
I pretty much grew up with a paintbrush in one hand and knitting needles and wool in the other. I have always created, and art was alway the class I couldn't wait to get to at school. I can still see my high school art room with all the powdered tempura paints in pots under the window sills. My grandmother was a landscape oil painter, and while I wanted to study Fine Art after school I ended qualifying as graphic designer instead. This was a "more secure career option" and I graduated in 1993. I have about 15 years of experience in that field.
In 2005 when I fell pregnant with my first daughter I had this overwhelming urge to start painting again. Even though I had not done anything “arty” for 12 years something inside of me was just yearning to paint again. I bought myself some paints and canvasses and my first painting was of a Cezanne puzzle I was building at the time. I am pretty sure it got painted over! I tried oils but found they took far too long to dry, so I have stuck with acrylics because they allow me the freedom to work quickly and very gesturally.
I have been selling my art since 2012 and moved to my own studio end of 2014.
Q. What can I expect during the process of commissioning a piece of art with you?
I love producing custom art for people and I look at it as a great honour and privilege to do so. Being asked to produce a painting to adorn the walls of someone's home is not a task to be taken lightly. A painting is a life time investment and something that will be with that person for a very long time.
Before I embark on a commission I ensure the client and myself agree on the colour scheme of the painting, the intention and theme of the painting and I supply the client with progress shots as I go (if they so desire). If the client lives locally I encourage visits to the studio to view the work in person and to check that it is going in the desired direction.
Q. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
In 5 years time I hope to be an established artist, working from my studio in Bangalow, where we will be moving to in December 2015. I plan to have my own commercial studio/gallery in the area and to continue to produce lots of art for lots of people all over the world. I believe art should be beautiful and enhance internal landscapes, so that is my mission – to make the world more beautiful, one painting at a time!