Why I paint
A romantic at heart, I believe that allowing yourself time to notice and appreciate the wonders of the natural world is one of life's most enriching experiences.
Nature is my muse and inspiration, and I paint impressionistic landscapes to capture the startling beauty and soul-cleansing power of the wilderness.
Sketching at Saunton
Inspired by the beautiful North Devon Coast, I am deeply blessed to have stunning beaches such as Saunton, Croyde and Woolacombe on my doorstep. The vast, moody expanse of Exmoor National Park is also only a short journey away.
Loving and protecting these precious and fragile ecosystems is an important concept in the creation of my work. Nature gifts us with life, magic and beauty, as well as chances to learn and heal. It’s important to give something back.
"If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere"
~ Vincent Van Gogh
Working on a statement commission in the studio
More recently I have been tuning into a more spiritual aspect of my work. When I am painting I am naturally completely immersed in the present moment. This state of mind allows creating to be an active meditation.
When I get into 'the zone', it feels as though my paintings are created through me, rather than by me. I have always said that my best pieces paint themselves!
There is a real balance to be made between allowing my analytical mind to control the technical aspects of creating the work, and allowing the subconscious to take the reins in terms of the direction.
When I take on commissions, I am clear that I am commissioned as an artist and trusted to interpret the scene in my own way. My intuitive way of working doesn't fit with clients who have an exact image of how they want the painting to be already in their mind.
I do think it's much more fun and interesting to work this way. After all, when you let go and surrender and move into full acceptance, that's when the magic happens.
"The entire universe bows to the woman who surrenders"