Adventure Wildlife Artist
'My signature painting style began to develop at Warwickshire college when I became interested in the aesthetics of figurative form. I started to look at the movement and texture of paint, whilst still keeping the pictorial ‘story’ image. I feel this free flowing use of oils brings life and energy to the illustrations, enhancing the emotions provoked through the event happening.
Since a small girl I dreamed of going into the vast wilderness - traveling over mountains and sitting beneath the northern lights, beside a campfire watching the stars; amazed at all the natural beauties of the world. I would paint and sketch wildlife and landscapes at every given moment with no limits to my imagination. I was fearless and hungry for freedom and adventure. At the time, I had no idea I would be telling the stories I have now.
Painting was my way of communicating. I did not like to converse much as a competitive yet introverted child, I even had to go to speech therapy as I cared only for animals, sport and art. My inspiration came from wildlife programs - I would precariously hold a twisted wire coat hanger to get reception whilst fighting with my seven other siblings for TV viewing rights. It was through art where I felt most comforted, I could communicate my fears and aspirations, the wildlife I would live with when I grew up, the adventures I would go on; drawing was my therapy. The canvas, my friend.
Now I dont just paint my dreams, I live them.
I have raced 300 mile sled dog races at 50 below, suffered frost nip, hallucinated from lack of sleep, swam with sharks cageless, snowshoed various solo expeditions hundreds of miles into the Arctic range; I have had moose charge at me, grizzly bears rip out the back end of the truck , and trails so difficult you can barely imagine... It is certainly not Disney - but it is no less beautiful as I had imaged, and so I delight in sharing the stories through my paintings.
My passion for competitive sport and fine art has enabled me to live life to the fullest, gaining confidence to grow into the adult I dreamed of becoming. My early successes as an International Champion at TaeKwon-Do taught me the value of self discipline (all that fighting with my brothers paid off) and award winning artist in school allowed me to believe in myself and to understand the value in hard work. The saying runs true 'Dreams dont work unless you do' and getting to this position has been no easy feat. I am proud to be living my dreams as an internationally recognised artist, sharing my passions with both expeditions and exhibitions.
Please visit the Gallery to enjoy my art work.