So, I wanted to share with you a little more about me and my life. What inspires me and wills me to create. I will be blogging an insight into my journey and where I am now.
I am currently living and travelling in Spain, which is something if you had asked me 5 years ago I wouldn’t have seen myself doing. I started as an Artist for my love of painting. It became a way for me to escape my 9-5 sales job in telecoms. Working in the evenings and weekends I managed to really find my own style and way of painting and started to share these with some galleries. My artwork got a massive response, which was a real delight for me. It was amazing to see other people connect with them and for them to help others escape as well.
In 2013 I decided to take redundancy and spend more time painting. It was such a huge scary decision for me, but it felt like the right thing to do, as I was so unhappy in my job. I wanted to feel more alive and wake to something that I wanted to do every day. It was not long after deciding to work as a Full time artist that I had my first Solo show in London with Curious Duke Gallery.
Into the ether – Created for my solo show Repose at Curious Duke Gallery. It was painted after a visit to the beautiful Maldives. I wanted to capture the energy I felt in this place.
I’ll jump forward a few years to 2015, which was one of the most traumatic years of my life. Its not something I like to talk about and I find it very hard to express how this has changed my life and so many others. The act of one man stabbing and killing my then boyfriends Dad changed our lives completely. I could not even believe that a stranger could so violently attack someone, not only that but he got care and help from our government that none of the victims received. During this time I found it hard to wake in the mornings and get out of bed. I spent most of my time wanting to sleep so that I didn’t have to face the horrors of our world. I wasn’t painting anymore. Nothing I did could take away the violent images and hurtful feelings that I had in my mind.
In attempt to get myself out of the house for at least 10 mins a day, I started to go back to yoga. And during this 60 mins, I had at least 5 mins where I was just breathing and not thinking. It was something that gave me energy. That helped me to live in the now, and be thankful for being alive. I realised that there was beauty in the world still, in our breath and the wind and the sounds around me that I had stopped noticing. So I started to practice yoga more. It was for me, no longer about stretching the body, but more about breathing, to be able to set free my mind and to believe in my heart that there was something more to our world than pain.
It was at this time that I started to paint again. Below are some pieces that I made inspired by yoga. I hope they come to inspire you as much as they have for me. I’ll be adding some more to my story over the next few weeks, including more into my life and my current travels here in Spain.
I drew my first piece having not made any new work for quite a few months. It was named Here Comes the Sun, after the song written by George Harrison. It was about growth and positivity and how I felt whilst practicing yoga. It bought warmth to my soul and I hoped to be able to do this for others through my art.
To me this piece is a real heart opener. We are exposing ourselves to the world around us without fear.
Through the storms we live with there is a lightness. We can draw up from the earth below and rise again.
The Lotus is one of the most beautiful flowers in the world. Like Grow with Me, it has its roots in the mud at the bottom of streams and ponds, but rises to bloom above the water without becoming wet or tainted by the mire below.