Q: How long have you been painting?
A. Sort of on and off my whole life. I have always been creative, since childhood. I went to art school in England, first for my Art Foundation and then a BA Honors in Illustration. I took a break to raise my children. In 2007 I started illustrating again. I found success in licensing my art on products. I wanted to move away from licensing and began painting over a period of time and started selling originals in my shop in 2014. I’ve never looked back.
Q: Who are some of your greatest influences?
A: There are so many current artists available to us today that inspire me. I love social media and how it makes art and artists so accessible. My favorite artists are: Cy Twombly, Mark Rothko, Wassily Kandinsky, Marc Chagall, Paul Klee, Rich.
Q: What inspired you to get into the arts?
A: It’s been my passion my whole life. I started as a illustrator and moved into abstract painting. That’s why I still love to do abstracted faces.
Q: What was the first work of art you sold?
A: It was a painting of a guitar still life I sold for £20 that I painted in high school.
Q: Why painting rather than another medium?
A: Abstract painting is pure, creating something that has never existed or been seen. There is such beauty in something that is not recognized.
Q: What are your favorite materials to work with?
A: I love using mixed media, acrylic, pastels, graphite, spray paint, oils, collage. Just whatever I’m feeling for the painting.
Q: Why do you like using acrylic more than oil or watercolor?
A: Simply because it dries faster, I love oils too but I’m not into watercolors, for me they are too simple.
Q: Do you have a message in your work?
A: The messages are always different, but I do hope that my work inspires the viewer. I want one to feel something, whatever that is to him/her at that moment in time…like listening to a meaningful song.
Q: What is the philosophy behind your work?
A: My work is about being in tune with myself, my thoughts, emotions, what I’m feeling. My work is intuitive but also thought out. It’s a collection of marks, color, practice, discovery, exploration, failures and joy! Sort of a creative library in my head created over the years. Each painting is an evolution from the past.
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