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How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

I use fluid acrylic paints mixed with a variety of ingredients, for example, paint conditioner, varnish, isopropyl alcohol, water, and silicone oil, and pour them onto my substrate including canvases, wooden panels and shapes, ceramic tiles, vases, and pots, amongst others. The way I pour and/or layer the paints give a different outcome. The different ingredients interact with the paint creating various, unique effects. The consistency of the paint and ratios of ingredients must be exactly right for each technique.

Once the paint is on the substrate, I use different methods of manipulating it, including air, gravity, dragging, pressing and swiping. I enjoy using, and experimenting with, unconventional tools, such as a hairdryer, string, chain, cling film, kitchen roll, bottle bottoms, skewers, and acetate sheet.

Once the initial paint pour has dried, I often embellish the paintings using traditional brushwork. I love combining the freedom and expression of the paint pouring with the precision and meticulous details of the brushwork, where abstract meets realism. Sometimes I will use mixed media to embellish my work.

My work is inspired by my love of fantasy and nature, both of which offer a source of escapism for me, reflecting my childhood, which was spent either in the great outdoors, or buried in a good book. This escapism is something I aim to provide the viewer through my paintings. My work features the likes of dragons, the phoenix, fairies, otherworldly landscapes, ocean scenes, flora and fauna.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

I have always needed an outlet for my creativity. Over the years, that has been manifested in many ways, including musical endeavours and art, and I have tried my hand at many different crafts, lingering on some longer than others. When I found this painting style it called my soul. It seems to spill out of me onto the canvas. I often paint intuitively, letting the painting evolve as it will, becoming and expression of my imagination or an appreciation of the world around me.

I developed a love of fantasy at a young age, and it still inspires me today. I love the freedom of expression, imagination and escapism that fantasy offers. Nature is also a source of solace for me, so it is only natural to manifest my place of peace onto canvas. I believe it is important to allow time to escape the hustle and bustle, routines and worries of modern life. Art can be a powerful tool for mindfulness and mental wellbeing, not only in the painting of art, but also in the viewing of it. My goal is to share some of the escapism my art offers, to stimulate imagination and stir emotion in others and to draw my audience into a world of colour and vibrancy.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

I am an artist specialising in fluid acrylic paintings and resin art, embellishing my work with detailed brushwork and mixed media.

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

I have exhibited in many craft fairs and festivals and often work on a commissions basis. I am am working towards running some workshops in 2023 but have not done any yet.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

I am a self-taught artist, learning my practice through online tutorials and self-experimentation and learning.
In 2022 I came 2nd in the mixed-media section of Worcester Show.

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

Gallery Exhibitions
'Green' Exhibition at The Secret Gallery in Newent 29/7/22 - 27/8/22

Craft fairs/festivals
Tewkesbury Town Hall 17/12/22
Tewkesbury Town Hall 14/12/22
The Guildhall, Worcester 11/12/22
Victorian Fair, Worcester 4/12/22
Upton Christmas Fair 3/12/22
Victorian Fair, Worcester 1-2/12/22
Tewkesbury Town Hall 30/11/22
The Guildhall, Worcester 26-27/11/22
Worcester Pride Festival 1/10/22
Autumn Equinox Fae Fayre, Powick 17/9/22
Tewkesbury Town Hall 27/8/22
Tewkesbury Town Hall 20/8/22
Navigation Inn, Stoke Prior 30/7/22
Upton Blues Festival 15-17/7/22
The Guildhall Worcester 9/7/22
Marston's Green Village Hall Spiritual Event 23/6/22
Tewkesbury Town Hall 22/6/22
Stourport Manor Hotel 5/6/22
Tewkesbury Town Hall 28/5/22
The Best of Bristol 24/4/22
Himley Hall 10/4/22
Jelleyman's Mill Spring Fair, Kidderminster 2/4/22
Weatherspoons Malvern 26/2/22
Evesham Town Hall 12/2/22
The Guildhall Worcester December 2021

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

Private Sales only at present.

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