"My current artwork looks at how to balance areas of intricate nuances with a spacious expanse and how entities that are neither can connect the two. As I work on this theme it seems to reflect everything about the ordinary art of living. How I feel overwhelmed that I want to simplify life but then how I want to live life to the full and engage in everything. How my garden sits graciously spacious but then there is room for food trees. Enjoying the expanse of the desert but longing for the next town to break monotony. My relationships too, dynamic or still.
Through inventive abstract painting I find surreptitious ways of resolving the intricate busyness with the spaciousness, allowing both to coexist with humour and homage. I rarely blend colours on the canvas but rather expose with clarity the building of the painting finding some sense of honesty in using literal brush marks. I relish the art of forming a really good brushmark. My paintings are a mix of dichotomies, I’m attracted to a tonal range from light to dark thinking of sunlight and shadows, I use both bright and muted colours, transparent wash and flat paint surface and as discussed the detailed intricacy with expansive space, I also allow the paint to have its own leeway to some extent, restraining myself from over correcting something that so inherently infiltrates leaving its unique calling card. For all of my working career I have utilised art in my mental health practice as a qualified Art Therapist mostly in the public psychiatric system where I encouraged expression through art and also as a University tutor in Art Therapy.
I studied visual art, politics and health to PhD doctorate level.