Size: 20"W x 20"H x 0.5"D
Year Created: 2017
Ready to Hang
The idea for this painting came to me when I saw some flowers in a garden this Summer! There were deep red tulips which were almost black, next to my usual favourites the deep purple bearded irises. At the start of every Summer, around May time the bearded irises can be seen and I make sure that I visit all of the places next to where I live, where I know they are going to be. Once I see them I itch to paint them! Seeing them next to the tulips was inspiration for my painting.
I started this piece by painting the Moon. I knew I wanted to paint a Moon again and juxtapose it with a range of flowers. The dark red and purple flowers seemed perfect. The process for this painting resulted in the deep red peonies being added in to relieve the other colours, which were mostly blue/purple in tone. It seemed to me that the colours were deep and rich and singing with vibrancy against the dark background, even though my aim was to focus on just "highlighting" the flowers by the Moon. They were performing their own sonata and Beethoven's beautiful "Moonlight Sonata" seemed to fit as a title.
My work is always linked to an aspect of nature, whether it is the depiction of a beautiful flower and the joy I get from it, or how we relate to nature as being part of it in life and death as organic and spiritual beings. Nature's often unusual beauty is what inspires me. I try to capture a feeling from when I first encounter a flower, bird or insect. I am inspired by the true joy generated from such an experience and my work explores this beauty through colour and form.
My main subject matter of interest are flowers and plants and I collect information through photography and drawings wherever I can. I'm always watching Nature and enjoy seeing the various aspects that people may not initially notice, such as weeds and tiny flowers growing at the side of pavements! I use such information to create motif patterns in my paintings to decorate the painted surface.
My most recent work has been mainly exploring landscape art which is an area of nature inspired art I am yet to explore fully and I am now giving time to. As my main subject matter is flowers I am currently combining the two.
I've been painting and making things for as long as I can remember and come from a creative family mainly rooted in crafts. My real love is painting in particular using oils. I exhibit my work mainly locally, but from time to time take part in art fairs around the country and put on a show with other artists at a gallery local to the city centre on an annual basis.