HELLO & and WELCOME to my space at Outside In.
Note that this SITE is UNDER RECONSTRUCTION and not all of my work is in the right order or available yet.
INFORMATION ON HOW THIS SITE WILL BE STRUCTURED: My images are organised into series and themes which are shown in individual galleries. The page you are on covers Expressive Art. It shows self-portraits created with photography and other mediums and focuses on the theme ” Transitions ” Please click on the links below to explore other work & themes. Below links to my galleries you find information about my background.
Galleries are organised into four sections, covering different aspect of my current photographic work and earlier paintings & drawings created in childhood and young adulthood
CURRENT WORK (2016 – )
Experimental, mixed media photography (combining photographic & digital techniques and traditional artistic methods, including collage making and drawing)
Impressionistic photography (photo images are used as a starting point. Contrast, texture and colours of images are edited to create the effect of a painting. The result looks different to the original image)
Photography (contrast, texture and colours are edited to create a certain atmosphere, or to improve quality and appearance of the image, but the original image taken does not change much.)
EARLIER WORK (1977-2006)
Digitalised drawings and paintings (different mediums)
ABOUT ME: Throughout my life- time creative work has been essential to me. Since childhood I have been creating drawings and paintings, using a variety of mediums. From the age of 11 I also started writing, about my personal experiences and a bit later about my perceptions about the world I grew up in.
As a child and young person, drawing & writing helped me to express my dreams, hopes, fears, desires – my anger & critique about an unequal world and to deal with childhood abuse & trauma. In my mid- 30’s I decided that I needed to break away from just looking inward. I studied law and criminology and ended up with a PhD in socio-legal studies. The academic work helped me to create structure and focus within my complex way of thinking which I now feel can apply to my work as an artist and writer.
After a brief period of postdoctoral research in 2016, I became a full- time carer for our daughter. Spending much of the time at home and dealing with a difficult situation I reconnected with my artistic side, focusing on photography, to help me cope. Interestingly my artistic approach had changed. I found that it had become more playful and experimental. I am inspired by what I can see in my environment and enjoy being in the here and now with all my senses whilst creating.
The focus on photography not only helped me to cope as carer but in many ways is essential for my health and well-being. My photographic work enables me to do something productive in a world I find it otherwise difficult to function. I suffer from Multi Chemical Sensitivity, this is my body cannot process toxins including those found in every- day household products and cosmetics (by breathing them in through my nose). In addition, my brain does not cope with too much stimulus- most people can filter out aspects of what is going on around them-I am not able to do this. To counterbalance any activity involving a crowd of people, being in one room or spending time in a busy, polluted town- I spend much of my time with my camera in nature or in our garden.
I process my experiences slowly and in depth- as such qualitative work is in accordance with my nature. Using a camera on a daily, regular basis also enables me to process the world around me slowly and in depth, by looking at things from different angles, in different lights and by further working on my impressions when I get home.
My photographic work has another crucial benefit. It has enabled me to connect with a range of people, including family, neighbours, friends and the wider public. On social- media sites, for instance, my images have inspired other creatives to write poems and to paint pictures. People also have been writing beautiful comments, thanking me for my texts and images and some even asked to buy some of my work. At local exhibitions, I had similar experiences, making me feel part of the community being liked and respected for who I am.
My experiences using creative work to enhance my own health and well- being have prompted me to design creative well-being workshops and to offer them voluntarily to carers and disabled elderly at community day centres. This summer I completed a step-up workshop leader course run by Outside In. The course provided me with knowledge and confidence to extend on my work. I am currently piloting some other workshop ideas -and planning to get self-employed next year as a photo-artist and creative workshop facilitator.
I have also created my first book which aims to help relaxation, by stimulating visualisation through images of water & light and accompanying text.
This is my way to move forward.
Many thanks for visiting.