Paintings to Dream into and be Happy
My abstract paintings are raw, self-expressive and contemporary,
blurring the lines between impressionism and graffiti.
My abstract paintings are spontaneous and intuitive, expressive and emotionally charged. Each picture begins with a single brush stroke, starting a conversation. A streak of turquoise leaps above a squiggle of parchment and lilac beside a glimpse of fluorescent pink. Prussian blue drips like pouring rain and brilliant white miniature dots, light up like stars. Gradually layers of colour build phrases of optimism. Inspired by nature; brush strokes grow, constantly explore, entwine and then separate and die.
Working on a large format enables a sense of freedom, to get lost within the picture. The painting process follows a journey into the unknown. In taking risks and trusting my intuition, I embrace uncertainty and vulnerability, allowing the accidental to become the structural core. Markings are made, painted over, wiped off and layered over.
Influenced by the sky and the sea, a painting is given meaning and becomes complete by engaging the imagination of the viewer, who recognises something for themselves. In that moment, a glimpse of the figurative or a hint of a memory begins to form, shapeshifting and disappearing deep into the clouds or ocean.
My artwork aims to create paintings to dream into where we can be happy just to be. Constructing an intuitive world to get lost into, somewhere beyond our vision, past the horizon, between the sky and the sea. A place to return and revisit, to explore and rediscover and while immersed, losing and finding yourself for a moment in time.
I paint at home in Surrey where I live with my two daughters, Daisy 14 and Iris 11 and husband, Giles. I am half English and half Norwegian and graduated from the University off East Anglia with a double honours degree in Art History and Scandinavian Studies. While I have no formal practical training in art I consider myself, self-taught, my ‘art’ education is based upon 8 years of intensive searching for art and culture during my days travelling worldwide as cabin crew for British Airways. My painting journey began after leaving BA. For 8 years I successfully sold my art represented by New British Artists after being taken on as their ‘wild card’ at the London Art Fair. During this time my art was often exhibited at : The Affordable Art Fair, The London Art Fair, The Chelsea Art Fair, Southwark Open Studios, 20/21 International Art Fair, The Cambridge Art Fair, The Glasgow Art Fair, The Northern Art Show, The Newcastle Gateshead Art Fair and Affordable Art Fair, Dulwich Art Fair, Art on Paper – Royal College of Art. The Anglian Contemporary Art Fair, Manchester Art Show, My World - Westbourne and Love in Art, Cork Street.
Since 2010, I have been employed as an art instructor/ manager at Arthouse Unlimited, a charity working with artists living with complex epilepsy and learning difficulties, in our shop-studio based on the highstreet in Godalming, Surrey. Artist led commissions and designs in conjunction with ARTHOUSE Unlimited, clients include: Univar, Godalming Library, Woking Council, Discovery Channel, Lush, Fatface, Oxfam, Guildford Veterinary College, Urology Unit at The Royal Surrey and McFarlane Telfer.
While renovating our home I took a 3 year break from painting my own pictures, busy with DIY. Now our home is complete, I’m painting again and have started working in a fresh new style, feeling liberated and energised. Last year I was chosen as one of the Liberty Open Call winner’s, working alongside their design team transforming my painting ‘Graffiti Summer’ into a repeat pattern design, which was printed into iconic Liberty fabric while also becoming documented within their historical archives. I was also the finalist selected to follow for a BBC documentary ‘One Day That Changed My Life.’
I am a member of ArtCan and exhibited in their ‘Fake News’ group show at Offshoot Gallery. My art work has been selected for 'Inspire' an exhibition collaboration with ArtCan and D-Contemporary in Mayfair and a show, 'Set in Stone' in Bath. I also have work selected for Trinity Art Gallery and The Grocer bringing art into a modern restaurant at London City Island, although these exhibitions have been temporarily postponed due Covid 19.
My art work has been featured in Create magazine’s Women’s issue celebrating international women’s art and published in a book: ‘Women : Inspiring Quotes and Artistic Responses. In 2021 my artwork and Liberty fabric design will be featured in the second Bloomsbury edition of "The Fundamentals Of Printed Textile Design"
I’m like a sponge inspired by everything around me, It could be anything that catches my eye within colour and patten, cultural or otherwise hiding in the simplicity and mundane of the every day. Mostly i’m inspired by nature, its repeat in pattern, the colours and changes of seasons but predominantly i’m intrigued and fascinated by the sea and the sky, Although I don’t live by the sea I feel instantly drawn to it, the sheer strength and power of it followed by calmness. The same could be said for weather changing, while looking up to the sky. I like the fact that the sea and sky constantly change, how momentarily you can catch a glimpse of a memory and recognise something and the next instant it has gone. There is a vastness to it all, where you can see nothing else in every direction but the sea and sky, feeling so small and insignificant. The sky and the sea excite me, I don’t think I will ever get bored of photographing and experiencing their changes. Recently I’ve become inspired by my feeling, trusting intuition creating something out of the unknown to me but there underneath, subconsciously.