As a Fine Art student in the eighties I began to make sense of the world through drawing, painting and printmaking. My sketch books were full of ideas inspired by ancient cultures and rugged landscapes, these themes translated well into etching, lithography and silk screen printing. My early studies certainly shaped my artistic career and infuenced the two distinct styles I now practice. Firstly, classical glass painting, inspired by the rich symbolic narrative portrayed in medieval stained glass, and secondly, the decorative, opulent processes of warm glass.
Glass is an interesting material to work with, it’s versatile and vibrant yet the process is persistently challenging. For those reasons I continue to search for artistic identity working intuitively and imaginatively with both painted and fused techniques.
Over the years I have been influenced by Abstract Expressionism and Outsider Art, works that convey powerful emotions through colour and content. Nowadays my sketchbooks act as visual diaries where I document internal landscapes, real and imagined. I am influenced by detail and design, opulent and skilful technique, works that explore colour and tone, abstract and figurative, ancient and modern. These are some of the elements that nourish my soul and inform my style. With commitment, curiosity and consideration I continue to practice the language of art.