As an illegitimate girl born in the early 1950’s, whose father was killed in a traffic accident when I was an infant, my sense of identity was totally different from everyone around me. At school I was often teased for not having a father because as far as I can remember, everyone in my classes had both a mother and a father.
I didn’t know anything about my father, my mother rarely spoke of him and there was only one photograph of him in existence in our home. I had no idea about his history or heritage and when I was a child and a teenager, neither did I care about those things.
When I was thirty five years old I had a profound spiritual experience which led me to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and live as a Christian. I also became curious about my father’s history and heritage and began researching his past. His past was not pretty! In fact he was a very dark character, a criminal with a penchant for violence.
Both these experiences have a profound effect on my arts practice and I believe that painting is a spiritual, healing and satisfying experience.
I take the inspiration that Almighty God gives me each day whilst observing His creation all about me, to try and paint the colours and textures and moods and essences of everything that I feel and see on to my canvas. I often use acrylic paints because they suit my fast loose style of painting and offer me the spontaneity that I desire.
While reading a book, watching television or browsing the internet on my computer, I might notice a vibrant colour that excites me and I get an overwhelming desire to create a painting using that colour. I start a painting with that colour and as it progresses I will feel God impressing on me which colour to layer on next and when to use some different textures and tools such as palette knives and sponges and a raft of other implements to get the ‘feel’ of what I am trying to convey to the viewer. I often have no detailed plan ahead and the painting just evolves as my spirit is sensitive to His spirit and the work emerges miraculously and wonderfully.
When I paint portraits, I am trying to capture the ‘essence’ of the person rather than a photographic hyper-real likeness. These portraits can evoke a sense of strength with vulnerability, or joy and exhilaration in the subject’s personality.
When painting abstracts I like to express my spiritual feelings within the work, using gestures, drips, pours and many other methods to produce the finished work.
I also create digital art using an electronic tablet and pen, using similar methods that I use when painting on a canvas, yet finding that even more possibilities are available because of the phenomenal tools available on the creative software programs you can obtain.
My desire is that those viewing my art would be drawn deeper into the image/s and to feel themselves being ‘touched’ somehow by what they see and feel. My prayer is that those who buy my art would enjoy it for many years to come and that it would enhance their life in some small way.
Paintings can be very healing and can evoke emotions of joy and contemplation as you look at them.
My greatest joy is to see someone looking at one of my colourful paintings and smiling broadly as they feel the fun that I had painting it, or the intense contemplation of others as they look upon my expressionist pieces.
I read a quote from French Nobel Laureate Andre Gide which describes beautifully my attitude to my arts practice Gide, A (1950) “Art is a collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist does, the better”.Reference https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/a/andregide104122.html
What Inspires Me as an artist
People often ask me what inspires me to paint and the inspiration behind the varied subjects that I paint or create digitally.
Well here is the good news!
I am a committed Christian and find that my Saviour Jesus Christ is the major inspiration and influence in creating my art.
After deciding at the age of 35 to follow Jesus and His teachings I have found that I see things through different eyes. I look at God’s creation all around me and see the creativity and beauty in the colours of flowers and birds and many other wonderful things. These colours are a starting point for some of the work that I do and as I continue with the piece that I am creating I constantly seek guidance in prayer and find myself having a conversation with Jesus as I am working and feel His prompting to choose this color, or that color or to try a different texture that I would never think of myself.
You may think that I am crazy but I can only tell you that my life changed when I realized that Jesus Christ really is alive and that any person can have a vital and real relationship with Him right now.
If you would like to know more about the reality of Jesus there are many wonderful churches and websites that can answer all your questions. Some of my favorite links are:-
Blessings to you,