As an artist working across a variety of processes, I love discovering new ways of using media.
Oil painting is my main medium but recently I’ve started exploring encaustic (hot wax). The immediacy of the work and the huge possibilities for mixed media have led me on an interesting journey. I have been running workshops in this medium which are a lot of fun.
I find painting portraits to be very rewarding and find myself becoming very emotionally involved in the work . I’ve spent time in Vietnam doing lacquer work which gave me a love of layering.
I have worked for over twenty years as an arts educator and this experience has found its way into my approach and processes.
I have been in a serious slump. Someone was kind enough to call it a “necessary fallow period”. I’ve come to the conclusion that I am happiest and most involved when painting portraits. / Yesterday I put an advertisement in the Yellow Pages and when they phone to try and upgrade me I am going to put in “Portraits by commission”. Wow, this is scary stuff!
Yesterday I was considering selling up all my art stuff. Can’t seem to get anything right or the motivation to keep trying. / Then I got two features and won a challenge! All in one go! Very encouraging.