I am largely a self taught abstract artist from Liverpool, who has only recently started painting again after being diagnosed with a chronic illness in 2012. After graduating with a degree in contemporary fine art in 2011 I almost immediately fell ill and had to put my artistic career on hold. You could say life got in the way.
Being diagnosed with Crohn’s disease completely changed the way I live my life from being a confident 22 year old with a bright future ahead of me in Art, to a nervous disbeliever filled with doubt. My career for the last 8 years has mainly been in Fashion and retail management, one day I woke up and realised I wasn’t happy with this path my life had taken and started painting again. It was as if the last 8 years hadn’t happened and I was back in my studio again at university.
I would say my inspiration comes from my life experiences, I like to think of it as an intuitive, visual diary of my interior language. My illness does not only inspire my work through distress, but through sharpening perceptions, heightening emotional sensitivity and confronting the deeper issues of life.
The process is completely organic and spontaneous. What emerges on the canvas is an internal language that is highly emotional and personal, alive with emotion through the movement of the brushwork and luscious layered colours. I embody both my suffering and positive attitude to life through my art.
I work predominantly with acrylic paint on stretched canvas but love to experiment with different mediums, such as metallic leafing accents to depict beauty and add contrast.
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