This is me......
I have been drawing horses and animals for as long as I can remember, Growing up I spent alot of time horse riding and we had a constant menagerie in our house in North London. At one point we had 2 cats, 3 kittens, 1 dog, 2 budgies and a tank full of tadpoles! not to mention a mouse in the pantry and five children.
Art and creativity are an integral part of me. It has the ability to lift the soul, evoke emotion and bring us comfort in the memories of things we love. As a proud mum and cancer survivor, art has always helped me to express my emotions and gives me a sense of peace when creating it. The process of creating something from a blank page is both humbling and awe inspiring.
When I'm creating a portrait, I love knowing the background of the subject, little stories that give me clues to their character and personality. This helps me get a feeling for them and capture they're spirit in the image which is especially important if they have passed. It's the ultimate reward to make someone happy (and there have been a few joyful tears) - it is the best feeling.
Whilst I have always drawn animals, my first 'official' human portrait of my dear friend Sam, was submitted into the #portraitsfornhsheroes project started by Tom Croft and the beginning of the pandemic in 2020. It has since been included in the fine art publication of the same name. I am very proud to be included in such a wonderful project and among so many acclaimed artists but most of all, it's humbling to be able to represent the amazing NHS staff.
For more information on this project please see my Beautiful People/NHS Page.
The lightest touch
A5 process experiment
3 layer portrait