"Art is something that makes you breath with a different kind of happiness" Anni Albers
I’m a self-taught artist, primary school teacher and mother working in the outstanding Surrey Hills area. I create representational and expressive abstract paintings using acrylics and oil paint. My works on paper include inks, monotype prints and mixed media . In my pieces I explore the relationship between nature and the individual; what is vision and experiences of sight loss.
My passion, inspiration and practice.
Local Surrey artist
As a local Surrey artist the landscape and nature of the Surrey Hills is a constant source of inspiration. I love the feeling of energy I get from reaching the top of a hill and then being rewarded by the stunning views. Walks along the South Coast and recently the South Downs Way feature in many of my pieces and were part of an exhibition at Leatherhead theatre.
By observing and recording these places through photographs and sketches I feel infused and connected to the natural world. Hills, cliffs, trees, stoney paths and the wonder of daily events, such as the changes in the weather, sun sets and seasons have symbolic meaning. My work is not always representational, but as expression of the emotions felt in the moment. I strive to convey my reaction to the landscapes I love.
Over the last year through abstract expressive compositions my art has explored moments in time and universal emotions, whether they be love, joy, wonder or loss. I hope my work speaks to the viewer and invites them to be immersed or in touch with their own feelings. I believe we all bring our own experiences and memories when responding to art and in this way we can become connected and are not alone.
During Covid Lockdown I suddenly became partially sighted in my right eye. The theme of vision and the effect of sight loss has inspired a series of prints and ink work, exploring the emotions of fear, loss, acceptance and courage.
I believe that through creativity I have gained a deeper understanding of myself; I continually find new ways of expression and develop a deeper conversation with those I come into contact with.
Paintings, Prints and Mixed Media
I love to experiment with different media to find the combination of materials that are most suitable for expressing the subject matter I'm working on. The colours, textures and patterns found in nature inspire my choices of palette and substrate. Most recently pink has become a significant colour choice, as it was the only one I could identify when my sight loss was at it's worst.
I create unique monotype prints using gelli plates. Patterns and textures are scratched between the layers of paint and some have details drawn on the surface using acrylic ink or paint.
My paintings are initially planned with composition and colour considered, but then I work on the pieces intuitively, responding to the flow of paint and the expressive marks that I make as I'm creating. I like to use standard and non-standard tools to make a range of expressive marks on both my paintings and works on paper. By using my imagination and memory I layer textures and glazes of colour to create interesting images. Through the process of creating both my art work and I go on a journey of discovery and awareness.
I am member of the Wildwood Group of artists lead by Liz Hauck and Leatherhead Art Club.
If you are interested in purchasing any of my pieces I pledge to donate 10% of the profits to charities supporting sight loss in adults and children.