FAQ's and other facts about me.
What inspires you?
Nature, music and metaphysics. That spine tingly feeling I get from the juxtaposition of colours, from placing one next to another and experiencing them ZING! The happy mistakes and unpredictability of the process. Ideas and concepts that are out-of-this-world, the spiritual (r)evolution of the human race. Above all, my greatest inspiration comes from our great Mama Nature. She is my constant muse, I do not thrive in towns, I need to be connected to the beautiful nature around me.
Did you make any art during your hiatus?
Sometimes. When my children were small I continued with stained glass commissions, including two for Linda McCartney, yes the Beatles McCartney. I also painted and began to explore warm glass. I was doing quite well with the warm glass projects, exhibiting in various galleries locally but it all stopped when I went to live on a boat.
Oh, but I dreamed of art making almost every day, and sometimes the creative urge within would engulf me, gnawing at my insides like a caged wild animal. Sadly though, I rarely answered it’s call; I was running a business, trying to survive financially, home educating two daughters, going through a nasty divorce and all that as a single-parent in a foreign country. Life was pretty hard during those days. I just didn’t have the time or energy. Until one day, during a short vacation on the island of Crete, I had an epiphany. Whilst watching two musician friends play and create music I realised how far from my path I had strayed, I felt empty and lost, and a little foolish, having opened my boatcover making shop only a year earlier. Finally though I did do something about it; ‘cliff’ and ‘jump’ come to mind…oh, and ‘no regrets.’
How did you get back into your art?
An online art course! I was a bit of a fuddy duddy back then. I thought, ‘how can art be taught online? I mean, c’mon, that’s just silly, you can only learn art in person right?’ How. Wrong. I. Was. How hopelessly out of touch I was. I went ahead and signed up anyway, turned out to be one of the best decisions I ever made. Besides I didn’t have much choice what with living back-of-beyond as I do with no art classes locally. Since that happy discovery I’ve done quite a few online art courses and they’ve all been a HUGE help and support. I still do some occasionally, there’s always more to learn. Plus you get to connect with lots of other lovely talented artists from all over the world without having to leave your house. Hail to Internet! Just don’t mention ‘procrastination’
What, do you feel, is the hardest part of the creative process?
Oh dear, did someone say (shh, just whisper it…) PROCRASTINATION!! haha. Yes, that old devil. For me that is the hardest part. Once I get going I’m fine, but it’s the getting going part that trips me up. After much self analysis I’ve come to understand that behind procrastination is mostly, for me, fear of failure which encompasses perfectionism too. I’ve since learned that many artists suffer from
this handicap. Fortunately I have developed several strategies over the years to vanquish that thief of time and vampire of creativity, and I’m getting good at them but it does take perseverance. There are other obstacles of course, but they’re irrelevant if I don’t even start!
What advice would you give to new artists or artists who, like you, have been away from art making for a long time?
Hmm…honestly? The best advice I could have given myself or anyone just getting going is ‘get on with it!’ You have to do the hundred (or more) crap paintings to even begin to find your voice and groove as well as honing the craft of your tools and hand-eye coordination. Ya gotta show up and do the work, there’s no way round it. Enjoy the process, waste paint, welcome mistakes with a big bear hug because they are your greatest teachers. Push the boundaries of your beautiful comfort zone, nothing grows in a comfort zone. Ditch trying to be in control of your inspiration or mark making, stay loose and relax, experiment. Make regular time for art making even, and especially, if you don’t feel like it. Yes, I know what it’s like (see above question) I’ve been there and done that, got not only the T shirt but the bag and shoes to match. Five minutes a day is enough to keep you engaged, and you’ll find that five minutes can easily grow into twenty five minutes or even five hours.
You've mentioned healing a few times, what do you do?
Whilst my children were small I developed psoriasis really badly. The mainstream medicine told me is was ‘incurable, stress related and not serious, NEXT!’ …..great! thanks! (not) So being of that ilk anyway I embarked on finding alternative ways to heal myself. I was directed to a ‘faith healer’ called Peter, who helped me in so many ways and inspired me to consciously begin a life-long journey of self-awakening and spirituality.
I am a natural empath, which means I am quite psychic. I feel energy and the emotions of others very easily. I feel the suffering of others very much and I am compelled to help in some way. I wanted to do for others what Peter had done for me, so over the next few years I trained in various healing modalities including; Hands on Healing, Reiki, Vibrational Medicine (that’s flower and gem essences to you and me) Shamanism and Animal Communication. The psoriasis was messenger, an in-my-face wake-up call, I am grateful for that. I have a deep love for our beautiful planet and a life long interest in alternative medicine, astrology, eco-building and metaphysical stuff generally. My bookshelves are chock-a-block with reference books…most of which I’ve read, lol. Amazon loves me
How do you combine art and healing?
Well that was something that eluded me in the early days, I used to think it was one or the other. Back in the ’90’s I began to explore communicating with the ‘devas’ of a place then going back to the studio and inviting them to paint through me. Nowadays this kind of approach is called ‘intuitive painting’ and is a well known genre. So that’s what I do when I paint; I invite higher vibrational energies to work with me and through me with the sole intention of healing and awakening the viewer. I endeavor to listen to the subtle prompts and guidances as I paint. I allow the painting to guide me, I paint intuitively.
How would your art help with healing?
I trust that the guidance I am given and the healing energies working through me will do their thing without me needing to explain, in other words I am just the channel. Going by what many people have said to me when viewing my paintings, it seems to work.
Do you listen to music while you paint?
Yes, sometimes, I’ve noticed it has a huge influence on my work. I used to have music playing all the time but at the moment I prefer to listen to weird and wonderful metaphysical internet radio interviews and talkshows. I find that they distract my left brain, I learn a lot and opens my mind to alternative perspectives, whilst allowing my right brain to explore and receive…win-win! One day, when my studio is deep in nature away from human sounds like cars and chain saws, I’ll dispense with the piped sounds altogether and it’ll be pure inner music that I listen to…and birdsong.
Do you teach, or offer online courses?
Yes, I do! I’ll be offering two courses in Paint Your Heart and Soul 2018, go to this link http://tinyurl.com/y8lrb4
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Do you do commissions?
Yes, definitely. Send me a message and we can work something out. I’m open to discussion.
Do you ship world-wide?
Absolutely! Prints and works on paper are easy and economical to send because I can cover them with protective tissue, carefully roll them up and pop them into a mailing tube.
The larger paintings on canvas will have be crated and I’ll get a quote from the local carrier. This we can discuss at the time of purchase.
Do you accept refunds?
Not really, not on originals, so be sure you really want it before buying. Please note that despite my best efforts the discrepancies in monitor quality may mean that the colours on screen don’t exactly match the original.
If the packaging is damaged when your painting arrives, show the courier, make sure they note it and take photos then let me know. If you see the painting/print has been damaged when you open the parcel, take photos and contact me. In either case you must let me know within 3 business days of it’s arrival.
Any refunds will be minus postage.