At what age did you discover your passion for art?
Since as far back as I can remember I’ve always loved painting and drawing. My mother has a photograph of me at aged 1 painting in the back garden on a wall. My mother Rachel, is an artist and has created the most beautiful enchanting watercolour paintings of animals and nature; she always encouraged me as a child and I am very grateful for that as I have kept creating through-out my life. Art has been like a life-support for me; even at the bleakest times it’s always been there for me.
How would you describe your art?
My art is quite self-reflective. I once read a quote, something along the lines of …‘every portrait is a portrait of artist and not the sitter’. I think it was from an Oscar Wilde book, possibly The Picture of Dorian Gray. I immediately connected with the quote as my feelings and emotions are always present in my artwork; each one of my paintings seems to have part of my soul in. So I guess I would describe my artwork as emotive, self-reflective and also with a slight amount of imperfect perfection… I always want to reach a certain level of flawlessness but I never seem to get there it’s like an unattainable type of beauty that I want to express.
Do you hope that your work will be recognized worldwide?
I think every artist would love for this to happen, unless it was for a bad reason of course. I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t! I love the pursuit of trying to get my art known though, it’s quite fun crawling up the ladder and if I did reach a significant level of success I fear that it might ‘cheapen’ my future works, I mean this in the sense that maybe in my head I would feel like I had become a ‘brand name’ instead of being valued for my artistic vision/ talent. A lot of people especially in the art world seem to jump onto the bandwagon of what is trendy. I could list several ‘well-known’ artists that seem to be exploiting their status, and that to me is not a true artist.
Are your family and friends supporting you?
Yes, definitely. It’s important to have support with something like art. It’s quite subjective so people aren’t always going to like what you do, I’ve had my fair share of haters, but even if just one person really connects with your work and seems to understand, it makes you more determined.
Besides the arts, you have other passions?
I really enjoy music. I love reading and also being around nature and the outside world. All of these things I’m passionate about also help inspire me with my artwork too.
If you could not have a career in the art world what you want to do?
I feel like I don’t have a choice. It’s in my blood and I really believe with all my heart an Artist is what I am destined to be. If it doesn’t work out for me I will still be painting, just very poor!
:-) hope you enjoyed. x