Behind The Blog Tag

The lovely Megan Fatharly asked me to take part in a tag she created which she says "allows the artist to open up about themselves and reflect on their process". I love doing these things as talking about my work and my process is something that really helps me progress ideas when making new pieces. Here goes... 

1. Describe yourself in five words.

Self-Critical, Ambitious, Sensitive, Honest, Passionate.

2. Where are you happiest?

Either in the studio making new artwork, or in the kitchen being creative - but with food.

3. What drives your practice?

At it’s core, an intense love for colour and form. My work comes about because I have become obsessed with piecing together memories of textures and existing landscapes observed from recollection. These fragments of colour, texture and shape are translated into fictitious, imaginary landscapes in my paintings. Being surrounded by artists in the studio or via process photographs on Instagram also drives my practice and inspires me endlessly.

4. Do you listen to music when you work?

99% of the time. Unless there is music playing on the communal speakers in the studio or I’m chatting with my peers whilst I work, I have my music on. My choice of colour and the speed of which I apply layers is heavily influenced by the genre or rhythm in the songs that shuffle dictates. 

5. What's your favourite thing to draw in?

When I’m testing out mark-making techniques in my sketchbook, I’ll use whatever pencil I have on hand. I also love drawing with biro and occasionally, pastels, because they are so forgiving and I’m constantly looking to inject colour into whatever I do.

6. What are you currently reading?

Three books. For pleasure, I'm reading the novel 'The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair'
by Joël Dicker
. To inform my practice, I'm making my way through 'The Poetics of Space' by Gaston Bachelard and 'Mapping the Earth in Works of Art' by Edward Casey.

7. What's something people wouldn't know about you?

I’m also an actress and avid singer. I have completed my Grade 8 Gold Medal awards in both Musical Theatre and Speech and Drama, alongside playing roles in numerous plays, musicals, cabarets and showcases throughout my teenage years. It’s something I regrettably haven't continued since coming to uni and something I do miss.