What does your work aim to say?
I have a passion for small details and textures of the natural world. I find beauty in the broken, the decay and age of time. I find my work is mostly trying to capture this through colour and texture, but also it's connection to the human condition.
For as long as I can remember I have been interested in details. Not the bigger picture but the finer intricacies, the colours and textures of life. I prefer to find beauty in the bark and lichen on a tree rather than the forest itself. The striations of a rock, the folds of fabric, the wrinkles of skin or the rust and the peeling paint on a weathered object.
Living in Cornwall for many years, my work is inspired by the textures and colours of its rugged coastline and landscape. Its geology and history. Cornwall is steeped in magic and myth. I believe in its magic, the intrinsic wonder and beauty of the natural world. With all of its cycles of life and death and transformation. The energy it raises and transmutes, forever changing. To me abstract art can represent this perfectly. It is alchemy for the soul and often healing for the mind.
What advantages are there for being a woman in the art world?
Personally, I find that being a female artist has a great advantage emotionally. It is great therapy. As women on a day to day basis we have many facets and roles to fulfill and the constraints of society may make us feel unable to speak our truth, but through art we can express ourselves fully, whether it is through the finished piece itself, the process, the title, or the time, energy, pain or joy that has manifested itself through the journey. It can become the connection and the voice that so many of us have lost.
Cornwall - United Kingdom