Art is a way for me to communicate an emotion and l use colour and shapes to
express that. I am also very influenced by music and when I listen to a certain piece of music I often see certain colours and images. I suppose you can say I see music when I listen to it.
I am also influenced by the natural world and the impact we have on it, needless to say I have a concern about climate change and how we are tackling it
I like to think we could live in harmony with nature rather than fighting against it.
The beauty of wild landscapes is what excites me and I am passionate about anything that portrays an air of mystery, storytelling, dreams and adventure and I like to create other worlds by painting these stories and dreams. On the other extreme I also like to express what is happening in the world by showing an empathy and reflection on certain subjects such as politics or war.
I think I like to paint far off places as a means of escapism from the things that are happening in the world, I even sometimes look to history, which is another passion of mine, and enjoy wandering around ancient ruins to get a sense of what it may have been like and perhaps put my own imagination into it, children especially love to do this so maybe that part of me have never grown up.
Then I believe the creative side of you should never grow up, its healthy to express yourself without inhibitions and boundaries!
I was brought up in the Forest of Dean, an ancient forest in Gloucestershire England where wild boar and deer roam free as well as the local sheep.
I left the beautiful forest when I went to college to pursue an art and design course and went to live in a house in Gloucester called Audrey, which was owned by the lovely Maggie, who was this lovable crazy artist.
It was a large house and about six different people rented out rooms there, all of them quite quirky in their own way, including myself. There was also a well fed cat called Morris who lived with us too, he didn’t have his own room though.
I eventually left Gloucester to study for a BA in art at West Wales university in Carmarthenshire in beautiful Wales, which is where I now still live.
Throughout my life, I have occasionally suffered from depression and I have learned to deal with it by expressing myself through art.
I have found drawing to be healing as its such a great therapy for expressing trapped emotions you may not even be aware of.
For those of you who know me will remember my brother Zac who went onto play with EMF, he picked up a guitar at 14 and seemed to have a natural talent for it, something I don’t really possess but I have a strong interest and we would both spend hours listening to different types of music and talking about it.
I think he found fame quite difficult to deal with and started drinking heavily and taking other substances as a means to cope. Sadly he died in early 2002
Any form of art is a great way to release emotions and after his death, I painted and painted, it helped as a way of dealing with it, I ended up destroying most of of the work though.
I don’t think I wanted it around as a reminder and it was the process of doing it that helped more than the result. However I do have this one piece left.
Its not even him, its a space where he was, as I still find it difficult to do a painting of him, though I`m not sure why.