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Creating and storytelling proved the easiest means of natural expression from an early age. At the age of 16 I was accepted onto a design course at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design where I progressed onto the BA(HONS) in Visual Communication. I became self-employed as a graphic designer in 2003.
A career in design and print inevitably meant relying on the computer, and I gradually lost touch with my true artistic nature. I felt disconnected from what I was meant to do or be. Experimenting in new methods of artistic self-expression as a form of therapy led me back to where it began.
First, I took up my love of writing again in 2009. Then I committed to weekly music lessons learning to play the drum kit in 2013. Uncovering a hidden passion for rhythm led me towards the art I create now – rhythmic pattern being the basis of my spiritual meditation.
Painting began in earnest following a random visit to an arts shop in 2019 where I purchased my first set of Indian inks and a pad of watercolour paper. Subsequent weeks were spent painting, drumming and meditating, driven to seek a new sense of harmony and flow. All I could do was trust it and follow.
The works on this website are the result of one random thought: "I wonder what will happen if I try drawing while I'm meditating?".
This is how what I term 'spirit painting' emerged. I use beats or nature soundscapes to access intuitive responses and get into flow state to produce my art, which is always a subconscious dive into the unknown.
Through this method I successfully overthrew lifetime blocks of perfectionism, the tendency to suppress intense energy into acute detail, being constrained by creating solely for others, and restricting the outcome of my works by expectations and pre-judgement. It is a process I'm still learning and experimenting with and a practice I find to be imperative during difficult times.
To find out more about how I found 'painting blind' helped me unlock inner energy – a process which could help you, contact me to chat or arrange an online meeting:
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Concurrent interests are in psychology, philosophy, spirituality, astrology, esoteric themes, as well as social and art history. I have a huge love and respect for nature and wildlife and a desire to be outdoors as much as possible in order to retain a sense of spiritual and physical grounding.
AIR (Arts In Redditch) September 2019
LSA (Leamington Studio Artists) Member – Jan 2020
Shows & events
AIR Popup Galleries, Redditch
Kingfisher Centre Popup Gallery, Nov 2019
Bertie Crewe Gallery, Palace Theatre, Redditch, Jan/Feb 2020
Kingfisher Centre Popup Gallery, April 2020 *Postponed due to COVID-19*
Kingfisher Centre Popup Gallery, November/December 2020 *Cancelled due to COVID-19*
Art in the Park Festival (with LSA)
Art in the Park Festival 2020 *Event cancelled*
Art in the Park Festival 2021
Summer Arts Markets 2020, 6 September 2020 *Events cancelled*
see also events page
Photography by Natasha Giles, copyright 2019-2020