I will be taking part in the Hertford Arts Trail 2021 as part of the Courtyard Arts and Hertford Town Council from Monday April 12th.
I am a local artist in Cheshunt who likes to make work from various folk customs, myths, and legends with different narratives. I am fascinated with Cornish folk, May Day traditions, and customs around the world. I enjoy finding customs that have a strange, relevant, and uncanny nature to explore.
My visuals are made across watercolours, sketch, pens, and pencil illustrations to communicate my ideas as I find these comfortable avenues to explore. I love designing mugs and greetings cards taken from my visuals to give different perspectives. I have a love of printmaking, which was a passionate method to make work in my higher education and hope to do more of in the future!
Recently, I have been painting from films I hold most dear to me such as Suspiria (1977), Rear Window (1954), The Time Machine (1960), and The Wizard of Oz (1939). This is my response to lockdown as this unprecedented time has affected the beauty of film and the theatrical experience that may sadly disappear. I have focused on expression, broken lines, and colour to experiment with as a therapeutic comfort.
I have been thinking about what visuals mean to us, remembering classic films, and how we have all gone from the big screen to the small.
I have also been illustrating lockdown dogs that I might sometimes see and catch my attention. Therapy dogs are animals I sometimes want to paint which seem to be a current importance to people suffering severely from lockdown and the pandemic.
I have also been recording observational watercolours taken loosely from anything around me every day.
The studies were taken from memory and was a fun way of taking more of an interest in the world around me during the lockdown.
When I want to create, I need a sense of excitement, and invest the faith as I believe the closer you are to the work, the better. Colour can profoundly shape how we interpret something, and I love seeing the gradual transitions different colours might bring. We always want to make a piece of work our own, reflect who we are, what we feel, and this is incredibly special!
I also have an online Fine Art Esty page where I am always looking to sell my own customised mugs and greetings cards that are taken from my watercolour images so do have a look if you are interested in something you see!