As you know I have been a fan of your work for some time. I have seen a shift in the femininity of your pieces. Can you describe your creative journey and how you have progressed as an artist.
I began my painting career adhering to a writers motto of ‘write what you know’ or more precisely, ‘paint’ what you know. So my earlier work was very centered around depicting my own life journey and that of my family. I completed a large number of self-portraits and paintings of my daughters. The final one was a life-size triple portrait of myself and my two eldest daughters titled ‘The Legacy’. I think that painting seemed to exorcise the last of the need to focus on that line of inquiry and I moved on to new topics. But never too far from my own experience. My solo show in Sydney last year was a collection of a couple of portraits looking at the dynamics between lovers and all the issues, love and otherwise experienced in a bonded relationship. That was very much a personal narrative too but conveyed using other people. Now, I’m working on expanding my work into a more general theme of exploring painting as an enrichment to others’ lives.
You recently had a solo show at the Corey Helford Gallery. You mentioned that this collection was very personal in nature and touched on your emotional vulnerabilities. Can you tell me more about the essence of this collection?
It was definitely an autobiographical collection in that, however, I was feeling at the time of creating the work I expressed it on the canvas. So for me, there is pain and anguish, beauty and love, ugliness and neediness, enlightened moments and soul searching in those paintings. That makes for a collection that feels very exposing, whether that’s actually true or not!
What inspires you to create? Can you tell me more about your creative process when beginning a new piece?
I’m really disciplined and dedicated to what I do. That is a skill you have to develop, or at least decide is important to your practice, because it takes stamina to maintain. Even when I don’t ‘feel’ like creating, I’ll do things that inspire me to keep going and I’ll soon be in a state of flow again. I begin a new body of work thinking about inspiring imagery and the ideas I want to convey. It’s not a linear process so it’s a bit difficult to put into words. Somehow it all comes together somehow. I think there’s a lot of trust and intuition involved.
What is next for you on your creative journey? Do you have any upcoming shows or projects you are looking forward to?
I have numerous group shows I’ll be participating in for the rest of this year and I’ll be looking at locking in a solo show for 2018 but at this stage the venue is undecided. Needless to say, I will be painting! I also have a large scale project I’d like to get underway but that’s very under my hat at this stage. Check my website blog or Instagram for updates on this!