After accidentally dipping a paint brush in a glass of brandy, I have continued to experiment with unusual materials to create artwork. Originally working with a narrow palette of colours I have started to experiment with a range of pigments including neons and flourescents, mixing these with textile techniques such as embroidery.
I enjoy playing with chaos in my work and the start of most pieces is a journey into the unknown, playfully throwing down liquids such as tea and vodka with Derwent’s pigment line painters and coloured inks onto bockingford watercolour paper to create abstract patterns. Then using this method as a starting point, I draw out figurative elements in the work using a fountain pen, and dipping this into inks and various teas. My work is mainly focused around natural forms, particularly floral pattern which I blend with portraiture to create mystical beings and ethereal creations.
I also have a love of embroidery – having worked as an embroidery designer for 12 years, I now love incorporating stitch into the pieces I create.