My paintings are a celebration of nature and a recognition of the healing properties that its beauty offers us. In our frenetic world of today I feel that this is more important than ever, and that beauty can serve as an uplifting reminder of the preciousness of our planet.
In this landscape series I paint with many glazes of transparent hues, building up a richness of both colour and texture. My brushstrokes follow the realism of the landscape as well as revealing wild flowing passages. Working up the multiple layers of colour glazes brings me much joy as I watch the images appearing more fully with each stage of the process. I hope that I can transfer that feeling of delight to the viewer as they gaze at these evocative scenes.
I came across the idea that a painting can slow down time, that it is a gift of anti-speed, surely a healing balm in today’s world. The onlooker can wander through the painted landscape at leisure, following the colour changes, brushstrokes, perspectives and light effects, and be drawn into a timeless experience.
ECHO CAIRN SCULPTURES
These new sculptures titled Echo Cairns, continue the ongoing theme of Echoes that I have been fascinated with for many years. I explore the relationship between the magic of millions of years old minerals and miniature painted landscapes. Each echoes the other in colour and mood, creating a shared visual play and dialogue.
I am stacking these minerals, combining them with sculptural mixed media elements and accents of Venetian glass murine. The colours, forms and emerging spirit of each sculpture then inspire my miniature painted landscapes placed within and enhanced by the structure of the crystals.
I aim to beckon the viewer into a condensed world of beauty expressed by the glittering crystals and the dreamlike landscapes.