I like to think I was born an artist, but I owe my initial interest in art to my brother and dad. Both are phenomenal artists in their own right and it has been their influence that motivated me to begin drawing at a very early age. Who we are meant to be is quite permanently in us. Just as we cannot choose our eye colour or hair colour, we cannot choose that inherent ‘self’. We can try to mask it but it will come out. My single natural skill, that can always be developed upon but requires very little ‘learning’ has been my ability to sculpt. I discovered my natural talent for sculpting when I was about ten.When I’m creating art I become very mindful. I am so in the moment I will often lose track of time and find that I have been working on something for hours without being aware of so much time passing. I never get bored or tired with what I do because I feel an abundance of inspiration in multiple mediums and can find no good reason to restrict what I do or how I do it.My favourite tools are my hands. I can use a pencil, pen, brush or carving tool, but it’s the control of my fingers over each item that gives me satisfaction. I love using my fingers directly to smooth out clay and Sculpey, to add a finger print to my painting or to reflect on something I’ve done simply by feeling the page it’s been drawn upon.Acrylic paint is my favourite material as it can be used across most of the creations I make with the exception of Sculpey, which is already coloured and requires no painting. Acrylic is great for masks, shoes and canvas, and helps with the vibrancy of my work. I love that my artwork is so bright. I think a lot of people are afraid of colour or afraid of too much contrast. Even when I try to restrict the number of colours I use, the entire spectrum almost always fills every one of my creations.
I am a self taught artist. Most of the learning I did in high school art was simply adding to skills I’d developed on my own. If anything I’ve learned more and more not to listen to how to do something and just jump in and do it. This helps me develop my own technique and style of art I’m more comfortable with. It keeps things creatively free and completely open for me.