Highlights: I am driven by a need to create. I’m happiest when I’m creating something beautiful – something that inspires, lifts up and brings joy and colour to the world. Something that hopefully others love to look at and gives them joy. All my original paintings are packed carefully, are signed on the back and front (the purely abstract paintings are signed only on the back to allow for them to be displayed vertically or horizontally) and come with a Certificate of Authenticity. This painting is size 31 cm x 41 cm (or about 12 inches x 16 inches) – perfect for a 40 cm x 50 cm standard frame. It is sold unframed and mounted on a 40 cm x 50 cm high quality conservation grade acid-free off white mount to protect the artwork during shipping and for display. The mount can be changed easily without damaging the original artwork. For more details about my inspiration, medium, and signature style, please read on.
Inspiration: I find the natural world an endless source of inspiration. Whether it’s hiking to the top of Mt. Fuji, hiking through the Shenandoah Valley, walking through a maze of lakes in Wisconsin or Minnesota, or trekking through the rugged cliffs of Ireland or the stark landscape of Dartmoor, nature makes me feel alive. It makes me feel in touch with bigger things than myself – with our whole world. Ever since I was a child, I have collected all sorts of things from nature, from rocks, to sand, to seashells and coral, and flowers and leaves. Flowers are a particular love of mine. I have all sorts of plants around the house and I adore gardening. Since coming to the UK 8 years ago, I have fallen in love with the huge variety of plants that you can grow in this temperate climate and some of my favourite flowers are big showy blousy flowers that demand attention – from dahlias, to huge chrysanthemums, to clematis, flowers that are bold, bright and big are my favourite. And they are the inspiration for my painting.
Medium / Style: I strive to create artwork that is beautiful and inspiring. Artwork that transports the viewer into another world. Art that is calming and serene but also full of life and energy. My particular style of work has developed over the years based on my combining two radically different yet similar mediums – the old and the new. The old is calligraphy ink, which has a long tradition of hundreds of years particularly in Asia and has a fabulous ink rich black colour that moves with the water so well. My other medium is quite new – liquid acrylic ink – it’s a specialty ink that has been specially formulated based on acrylic paint to work with water better than normal acrylic paint. The end result is that my signature style has lots of movement from the interaction of the inks and the water. I adore strong colours that jump out of the painting and grab attention. The bolder the better! This artwork is created on luxury heavyweight Fabriano watercolour paper which has a rough texture that enables me to create some wonderful patterns and textures with the inks and water.