Dance After the Storm
I came to making art from a lifelong career in music as a singer / teacher of singing / choral conductor as well as clothing designer. When I stop to think about it, my music and design influence is in all that I do in my paintings.
The sweep and curve of my brush or palette knife. Precision versus free-flowing. Vibrant colour. Colour always comes to me before a design can even begin to emerge.
My studio is a crossover music and art studio. When I get stuck in one of my paintings I sit down at the piano and play or sing, the easel facing me. Making music shifts the gears so I can relax and recharge. When I look up and see my work I often have this a-ha moment. I can see clearly what I need to do next.
I work mostly with acrylics, expressing myself with vibrant colour and texture, tactile or visual, building a painting, layer upon layer, going to places unimagined. What lies beneath is as exciting, sometimes more, than what first meets the eye. I rub out a lot of paint to allow the under layer to peak through.
As a singer I was taught to strive for technical precision but then to let go and pour my heart out. My studio is my happy place where I do just that - play at making art or music.