I have been creating art for as long as I can remember, with some of my earliest memories being the desire to be able to draw. I spent my childhood copying artist’s works that I loved, including Ken Done, Van Gogh and doodling endless Disney cartoon characters in the back of my school books.
Seeking a creative career, I studied Bachelor of Visual Arts in Interior Design. I then fell into a career in graphic design and spent the next 20 years operating a web/graphic design studio with my partner. I oversaw the creative direction of all projects and this was a great outlet for challenging my creativity for many years.
Being self-employed and craving new challenges, we moved our young family over to Germany in May 2016 for the purpose of simply having a new adventure in life. Settling the children into school and living, working and integrating wholly into the German way of life for 2 years has undoubtedly been one of greatest experiences of my life.
Being away from all that was familiar and living completely out of my comfort zone was an experience that changed my motivation and direction in life. My focus shifted from seeking external comforts towards finding my own inner peace.
I experienced an overwhelming creative surge during those first few months in Germany and having recently seen a colourful mandala, I felt inspired to draw one. In January 2017, I sat down and drew my first mandala.
I was completely hooked and literally did not stop drawing after that. Something inside me just seemed to flow so beautifully when I drew. It felt like I was recalling an ancient memory and seemed to be the most natural thing for me to do.
Since then, my creativity has expanded to include a second art practice inspired by the colours and energy of the ocean where I live. This translates in my abstract, gestural style of art with multi-layered organic forms.