After studying for a Fine Art degree at Bristol in the late 1980’s I began my artistic career in illustration and publishing so words have always played an important role in my creative life…poems, song lyrics, plays or stories often acting as spring boards for visual work. I have included my poems in this display to accompany some of my paintings.
Returning always to mythical sources, I am inspired by ancient earthworks in the landscape and nature/figure archetypes - often used metaphorically in the work. As the early shamans, the first of all artists who decorated their caves with simple graphic but meaningful imagery, so all artists can act as bridge builders between worlds – visionaries whose healing journeys often delve deep into the psyche reasserting spiritual connections and inspiring others often with a profound respect and love of our natural world.
On a practical level I am very interested in building up a textured ground to my paintings using mixed media – a technique that I have honed carefully over the years. I like to build light into my paintings and create a ground that lights the canvas with a brightness from within. Further sources of light often appear as glowing suns, moons, stars or glistening waters….
A post-graduate study in Art Psychotherapy at Goldsmith’s in the late 1990s furthered my interest in the healing nature of art making…for both maker and spectator..for within the few precious moments when a person stands in front of or is actually creating a painting or any piece of creative work they are offered the space to step into their own reverie and private, sacred moment of inner contemplation.
My recent body of work is based around the archetypal figure ‘The Water-Diviner’, inspired by the poem by the wonderful Welsh poet Gillian Clarke, again a metaphor for man’s deep connection with land and territory. A very old friend, David Buckle from The Findhorn Foundation describes here his feelings to this new work which I feel explains it much better than I ever could!....
“I feel the ‘Water-Diviner’ connects us to Dreamtime…something beyond time and space and pulls at the great Mystery of things. I see the horse as a presence of natural contentment of being...who just lives it. We all have a deep connection to ‘Water’ but the ‘Diviner’ knows the way. So the best we can do is – be like the man or ‘Diviner’ in these paintings - be in awe and wonder of this Mystery…..and follow him home.”