This series of watercolours arose through working with my childhood dream. My childhood dream was the focus of my MA dissertation In Process Oriented Psychology. Process Oriented Psychology considered the very first dream you remember or the earliest memory you have to represent a fundamental pattern running through your life. In 2015 I completed an MA dissertation exploring the energies within my Childhood dream and how they underlie my painting process. I had this dream when I was 3 years old, and at the age of 5 I knew I wanted to be an artist. I used art-based research to explore this connection. The works on this page have resulted from this research.
Each painting gave rise to an accompanying poem. You can watch the paintings and poems together in a video production in the RESOURCES dropdown menu under VIDEO.
These large drawings form half of an exhibition that I had with the sculptor Helen Printer. We challenged each other to respond to each others work. Helen responded to my works through a 3D sculptural expression and I continued the conversation by drawing my felt response to her work. Our conversation was a non verbal challenge to each other.
Still Life painting is an avenue for play and self-reflection. I can spend days or even a couple of weeks setting up an arrangement. The act of painting allows me time to think and dream about what is before me. Paint is scraped back, objects move around, and eventually something settles in me. My body tells me when the painting is complete.
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While outdoors, I am drawn to paint different light conditions and atmospheres that catch my attention. The Fleurieu Peninsula is my studio. I’m our there painting each week, studying the light, colour and air. I take a photo or two for reference, then return to my studio to deepen my experience.
A revelation happens in my studio. Imagination, light, land and paint wrestle together as I discover how a painting wants to be organised. This may take weeks or even months as my memory, body perception and dreams seek out the way on canvas. Painting is a full bodied experience for me. I paint to connect to place through my body.
Nature is full of detail. Through considering patterns of light and colour relationships, I build my paintings up using shapes. Shapes within shapes that are close in tone. Shapes of colour are simply placed next to each so that they create an envelope of light. I aim to create a little packet of light and air on canvas. As I play with these colour relationships, I’m always asking myself ‘what is trying to be shown here? How can I say it simply?
The works are a representation of works from my studio as well as some plein air studies. They are available for purchase. Please contact me if you are interested.