Being an artist is a bit like being a stripper
- only an artist bares their soul not their body!
I create art in honour of wild and wonderful nature raising awareness and funds to help with itís conservation.
I come from a nature and craft loving mum, so itís no surprise that art, in some shape or form, has been my life with nature itís focus in my fine art career. I was trained at the Berkshire College of Art & Design and spent over 20 years in the Graphic Design industry culminating in a Creative Manager role at First Choice Holidays. But then I wanted out of the rat race and in 2002 realised a longterm dream of coming to live in Spain where I transferred my skills to fine art. Since then itís been a journey to combine my 2 great loves - art and nature - with my growing concern for the need to live gently on this planet.
Enter the small task of building the Earthship!
Since moving into the earthship in 2014 my art has taken on a whole new life and personality. The majority of materials I now use are upcycled or natural just like our home. This was of major importance to me, I really believe in being the change you wish to see in the world. Using what I have, upcycling, eco friendly paints and processes are all things Iíve investigated and experimented with over the years to find a way to express myself without being a burden on the planet.
An ever evolving life and process
During the two years it took to create the Art with Intention series of works, as well as being a peeling off of layers to find my artistic voice - my soul - it was also, and for me more importantly, an exercise in sending positive energy into nature.
An energy that Iím hoping will, in some small way, help with itís protection. With this in mind I use positive intention techniques that I learnt from Lynne McTaggart. In 2008 I joined Lynne and thousands of others across the globe in Intention experiments that were being scientifically monitored. It was an amazing experience with amazing results. I also taught drawing classes based on the drawing on the right side of the brain techniques pioneered by Betty Edwards.
Youíve probably heard artists talk about entering the Ďzoneí or being in the Ďflowí. When they achieve this theyíre accessing the right side of the brain or ideally a fusion of both left and right modes of being. I decided to try and extend this zone to include the positive intention techniques Iíd learned. Iíll be writing more about it on my art blog sign up to learn more.