Using a mix of my imagination, drawing and photographic references,  I use elements from history and folklore to explore what it means to be a woman in the 21st century within the transitory and some times chaotic nature of life. As part of this struggle of being  alive, there are often periods of fallow and death, both vital to the process  of renewal – ‘for a rose to flourish, it  must first lose it’s petals’, anonymous.

My work is a celebration of this flow in life, bound  up in hope, anxiety, love and death. I use a variety of surface materials,  colour and mark making to convey different moods and emotions. Blurring the  lines between reality and fiction, I paint expressive, dreamlike worlds,  which aim to capture a brief moment in time, like a still from a scene in  an opera or play. 

The women I paint are at ease  with themselves and not generally paying attention to the viewer. I want my  women to be challenging to look at, which is why I often paint them close up,  producing a feeling of intensity.  Their postures are expressions of their  sense of self. These figures are powerful in their feminine and sometimes  fragile stance. There is great strength in the ability to be vulnerable, which  I try to show in my work.  It’s not a  quality I feel is so much admired in society, almost shied away from, but it’s  my  aim to highlight all parts of the human condition, both the dark and the light.

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