LANDSCAPES OF FANTASY
In a world where we are constantly bombarded with the doom and gloom of the 24-hour news cycle, I like to escape by painting fantasy landscapes - places that look familiar and feel comforting. Each painting is a journey of discovery as I intuitively explore the form and features of the land. Memories and glimpses of places appear and are built on as I paint layer upon layer until each fantastical place is revealed.
I started painting in 2005 when my family and I moved back to Brightwater. This move was like a homecoming, after being away from Tasman for half my life. In late 2011 we moved to Mahana, where I enjoy the luxury of having a dedicated studio space.
Now my family is grown up I feel fortunate to be able to spend more time painting and creating sculptural and textile works, such as my unique woven mandalas.
My paintings are intuitive, abstract landscapes created using either oils with cold wax medium or acrylics. As I paint I let each painting develop, trying not to influence the outcome, but rather letting each painting find its own voice.
I am inspired by the landscape and my emotional response to it. I find inspiration in everyday places; the coast, plains, our view of the mountains and hills. My paintings are based on memories of these places and my concern for preserving our natural environment.