‘To plant a garden is to hope for tomorrow.’ Audrey Hepburn
After living in London, England, for thirty-eight years I never dreamed I would move away, yet now I’ve been in Los Angeles for over a decade. For a long time, I felt guilty for leaving my friends, family and country. Particularly as I fell head-over-heals in love with California, seduced by the blue skies and endless summers. Now I can’t imagine living elsewhere although London will always have a place in my heart.
I’m fascinated by the subject of inspiration. Being a flower painter, I’m familiar and inspired by the work of Georgia O’Keeffe. I’ve fond memories of visiting the Hayward Gallery on the Southbank of the River Thames to see her work with my late mother many years ago. But it was the poem ‘The Rose that Grew from Concrete’ by Tupac Shakur that spoke straight to the young girl living in an apartment block and inspired me to focus on roses. Each petal I paint is an attempt to capture the spirit of the roses my father grew in our back-yard. The apartments where I spent my childhood no longer exist, they were considered an eye-sore and demolished a few years ago, but I still have memories of the roses.
My art provides me with a sense of achievement. Each finished piece is not only proof of the subject’s existence by also of my own lifetime. I’d like to be defined not by my nine-to-five office job but by my out-of-hours creativity.
Presently, I’m concentrating on close-up, bold botanical subjects, with acrylic paint on stretched canvas. Using a limited palette, I start with a tonal underpainting and then apply layers of color to create depth. Each piece is a challenge to capture light and shadow, fragility and the magic of plant life. My process is not quick and it may take weeks or months before I am ready to call a piece finished.
I endeavor to create images that simultaneously uplift, calm and inspire within the realms of realism and abstraction. I’d like my artwork to be a reminder of the beauty of nature and the enjoyment of the little things in this consumer-driven, concreate world.
To begin a new painting is to hope for tomorrow…
Sept 2011 – June 2016: Teaching Docent and School Chair for South Bay Hands on Art at Tulita Elementary School
July 2015 – June 2016: How to Paint Blooms (Completed 12 Month Online Workshop)
January 2017: Blooms Workshop, Orange County with Jenny Doh
October 2017: Paint Blooms USA
2017 – 2018: Member of Artlife Gallery, El Segundo, Los Angeles
January 2018: Group Show at Artlife Gallery, El Segundo, Los Angeles