I paint because it makes me feel like me. Creating allows me to hold a mirror up to my own feelings and experiences to make what’s intangible, tangible. Translating the beauty I see in the world is my greatest joy. It’s a place where I feel complete freedom to make mistakes and play as though I were still a child. My process is intuitive. I don’t tend to plan with detailed sketches and prefer to dive in and see where my heart wants to lead me. I like to think of my paintings as abstract interpretations of our innate connection to nature, where you can escape into a world of romance and dreamy swashes of colour. I adore flowers and gardens. Their colours, movement and shapes are so inspiring to me. They are the perfect symbol of the beauty, energy and fragility of life.
It may often seem like chaos in my studio, but I love it that way. My work has continued to evolve more and more into abstraction as I find it leaves greater space for interpretation. The vibrant colour and buttery texture are what I enjoy most about oils. I begin each painting with thin washes. Those initial marks help dictate the rest of the piece while I add layer upon layer. I use the paint straight out of the tube to maintain that thick, tactile quality which adds movement and life to the subjects I represent.