I had a passion for the visual arts from a young age and received my bachelor’s degree from the University for the Creative Arts in 2004, where I studied Editorial and Advertising Photography.
After graduating university, I took up Wedding Photography alongside a full time role as an Education Consultant, but those were the days before digital cameras were mainstream and the pressure that came with photographing weddings was intense. I created a make-shift darkroom in my loft and tried my best to keep up the momentum, but it wasn’t long before I realised that photography wasn’t the career for me.
In 2006 and 2007 I welcomed my beautiful daughters to the world, and after dedicating a number of years to raising my children, I combined motherhood with the role of Graphic Designer for The Essential Childminder Magazine with my sister, who worked in the Early Years Education sector. The e-magazine offered advice and support to the home childcare profession in the form of monthly publications and it was my artistic editorial that motivated a web development company to offer me a position in 2013 as junior web designer.
I enjoyed working in web design and digital media, but when an opportunity arose through a client to create a ‘Tour de France’ style mural across two walls in the spin room of a local gym, incorporating UV paint to glow under black light, I couldn’t resist the challenge.
The brief expanded to a further 9 murals throughout the gymnasium as part of their refurbishment project, and more mural work in a local pub followed this project. After completion I began to accept small commissions, drawing portraits, creating bespoke tattoos and designing promotional material.
In 2014 a career opportunity arose within a firm of accountants for me to finally embrace the corporate world as a Digital Marketing Executive and in the same year I enrolled on a CAM Diploma in Digital Marketing with Cambridge Marketing College. Mid 2015 I was promoted to Creative and Digital Marketing Manager following a review of my role within the company.
Outside of work I continued to paint in my free time and my freelance portfolio grew significantly, including many Graphic and Web Design projects. My passion for the visual arts has gone from strength to strength and, having found my voice through painting, I often turns to my canvases as a form of freedom from the limitations of every day life.
Although my early work was largely freehand, I use stencils on occasion to portray the separation between emotion, reality and the ideal. During my journey, life has thrown a number of tough emotional roller coasters my way and it’s these challenges that give the depth and inspiration to my work. I often begin painting with my bare hands, pouring raw emotion and sensation into backgrounds which appear dark and troubled. I do, however, refuse to allow this darkness to settle and always strive to turn my images into something beautiful.
The incorporation of human figures offers a way for me to communicate the reality of my emotion, but the paintings never show the complete structure. This results in the fact that I can easily translate my imagination and understanding without being hindered by the historical reality. By referencing romanticism, sensation and symbolism, I objectify emotions and explore the contrast that develops through different interpretations.
“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” – Edward Hopper