After graduating in Fine Art at Leeds University, England, the travelling bug caught me. I’d heard tales of Stass Parascos from my professor George Hainsworth, so I went to study at Cyprus School of Art. Here I was tutored by the painter & principal Stass Parascos, British painters; Jennifer Harding & Geoff Rigden and archaeologist Dr Paul Croft. Bridget Riley and Ben Nicholson had also popped in for a cups of tea over the years. Artists would visit and students would come and experiment freely from all over the globe, in a communal atmosphere set up above the fields full of bananas and oranges, looking down to the sea.
After Cyprus and Greece, I continued to travel as much as possible. Art crosses boundaries as an international, visual language of communication. Some of my adventures have led me to chalk drawing with Palestinian children on the market rooftops in Jerusalem or doodling with the Bedouin children in the deserts of Jordan, who, unbeknownst to me, were cutting and stealing little pieces of my blonde hair. I have sketched with children in Panama and Costa Rica whilst waiting for boats and painted murals for children in a Sri Lankan nursery school. In Taiwan drawing saved us, as the only way to ask for help, information or directions.
My art is therefore heavily influenced by my travels. I worked as an artist in residence and teacher across the UK and Europe, meeting fascinating people along the way. After completing a further postgraduate teaching degree in Art and Design, my interest in Art Psychotherapy led me to study experiential postgraduate training at the University of Leeds and the University of Sheffield. Inquiry into Jungian Analysis and Art Psychotherapy has driven my painting to explore the unconscious mind of creativity & the juxtaposition and symbolism of planned spontaneity and ordered chaos.
Though often autobiographical at the roots, my paintings now concentrate on the union and combination of elements, such as mandalas and collage.
Gerhard Richter, says;
“To talk about painting is not only difficult but perhaps pointless too. You can only express in words what words are capable of expressing, what language can communicate. Painting has nothing to do with that.”
And Robert Ryman said of his own paintings;
“In painting, something has to look easy. Even though it might not be easy. That’s an important part of painting, that it has to have a feeling of …. like it just happened”
You have to enjoy to play and experiment with the materials. Sometimes I have a plan in my mind but my work becomes too illustrative so I take a break, step back and return to it with a new impulsiveness another day.
My paintings are held in private collections and have been exhibited in England, Scotland, Sri Lanka, India, Italy, Cyprus & Greece.