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Having been an avid creator and storyteller from an early age, a creative career was inevitable. 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 have been a self-employed graphic designer since 2003.
As the design career took over and I dabbled at creative pursuits in my spare time, it was experimenting in new methods of artistic self-expression as a form of therapy that really put me back in touch with what I love to do most. Driven to try new things, I took up my first music lesson learning to play the drum kit in 2013. Having found a true passion for rhythm, this partially led me towards the art I create now, being the basis of my spiritual meditation.
Painting began in earnest following a random visit to an arts shop in April 2019 when I purchased my first set of Indian inks. I spent weeks painting, drumming and meditating and finding a new sense of harmony and flow. My aim was in allowing the creating process to lead me, wherever that might end up.
The works on this website are the result of one random thought: "I wonder what will happen if I try drawing while meditating?".
By combining the three healing methodologies, I produced my ink 'spirit painting' artworks from a trance state whilst listening to meditative drumbeats or nature soundscapes. What emerged was very different to anything I had produced by way of 'Art' before.
In addition, through the method I practise of accessing the subconscious I found I successfully overthrew lifetime blocks of perfectionism, the tendency to suppress my intense energy into unnecessary detail, and restricting the outcome of my works by pre-judgement.
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 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, dates TBA
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