Calm and relaxing designs from flowing lines
If I were to try to penetrate the core of my work, I think calligraphy is probably in there somewhere. Since I first held a pencil, I would only ever draw letters and words. My present designs are a progression from the flowing lines of a script font.
Those swirling lines have always had a calming and meditative impact on me, and I hope the viewer experiences this same therapeutic feeling that I get from my flowing lines.
I also enjoy the challenge of finding an aesthetically pleasing design when working with a set of rules that are, perhaps, not apparent. If a line has committed itself to a certain direction, how can I get it to arrange itself in a way that I find appealing?
Colour is also important, and I am always looking out for interesting combinations to accompany my designs.
I haven’t followed the usual route towards becoming a painter, but when my wedding videography business came to an end in 2008, I wanted to find something that would satisfy my creative needs. I had dipped my toes into several things along the way, such as calligraphy, typeface design, poetry, and writing, but all had to be dropped for the commitments I had to the wedding bookings. I had sacrificed my artistic calling for too long! But then my Mother was diagnosed with Dementia, and I wanted to stay at home to care for her. Oil painting seemed to be the perfect solution, and I finally enjoyed a few creative years. But then the decline of my parents came along, which stopped me from being as productive as I would have liked. But at least that was for a better reason than having to do a job that I didn’t enjoy! Maybe there will always be something to stop me fulfilling my destiny, but at least I have learnt through my parents that I can at least get closer to it through painting.