My entire life has been a constant hunt for beauty. Growing up I was always drawn to the romantic, the whimsical, and the small hidden places that tell secrets and stories left by people long gone. What inspires each piece I paint can be different from moment to moment. It can be the light, the colour, or the line of any given subject. Sometimes its the honest moment shared by two people that tell a story about their relationship. I love finding someone enjoying a moment of peace, capturing it on camera, then trying to communicate that same feeling of peace through paint.
I have been painting since high school when an art teacher forced a brush into my hand and told me to go for it. Since that moment, and that small pastoral landscape, art has been a constant in my life. My methods have evolved over the years but they always start with a photo I have taken either in my own back yard or while travelling abroad. I choose the medium I will paint with specifically to suit the needs of the story or emotion I am sharing. The combination of figure and environment creates a narrative that speaks to everyone differently. I am experimenting currently with mixed media to add another level of texture and sensuality to my work. It is pushing a boundary for me creatively that I believe is incredibly important to the continued growth of any artist.
What it comes down to is….I paint pictures that I like.
I hope you like them too.