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Creating and storytelling proved my foremost 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. In 2003 I became a self-employed graphic designer for the next 17 years but over time I started to feel disconnected artistically and spiritually.
During a decade's journey of healing and personal growth I intuitively turned back to creativity and self-expression as a means to reconnect to my inner self and get past some personal low points.
I took up my lost love of writing in 2009 and committed to learning to play the drum kit in 2013. Uncovering a hidden passion and deep sense for rhythms led me towards the art I create now. And as my career digressed towards illustration, I yearned to step away from digital means to get back to using my hands to create, which began with a series of ceramics courses at MAC Birmingham.
My true artistic nature emerged following a random visit to an arts shop in 2019. I bought a pack of inks and watercolour paper and spent subsequent weeks painting, drumming and meditating. The works on this website are the result of one random thought: "I wonder what will happen if I try drawing whilst meditating?".
My 'spirit painting' is the result: a subconscious dive into the unknown through which I access feelings, emotions and tap into surrounding and collective energies and interpret that in my art.
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 expectation and pre-judgement. It is a process I'm still learning and experimenting with and which I find imperative during difficult times.
It's my goal to find ways of sharing my process to encourage others to find emotional and creative freedom of expression for personal health and wellbeing.
AIR (Arts In Redditch) 2019, 2020
LSA (Leamington Studio Artists) Member – 2020, 2021
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