THE WORLD IS FULL OF WONDERS, offering me daily joy and inspirations. I am a mindful photo artist, fascinated by natural light & shadows. I utilise these in both of my practices, when I create collages & when I shoot something that catches my eye. My methodological approach is interdisciplinary & experimental. Click on the links below to explore different aspects of my work & stroll down to learn more about my background.
All my photographic work has been created from 2016 onward. The painting and drawing gallery includes images created during my childhood & young adulthood.
Note that this SITE is UNDER RECONSTRUCTION and not all of my work is in the right order or available yet.
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 whilst creating.
The focus on photography not only helped me to cope as carer but in many ways has proved to be 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. Spending time in busy, polluted, environments, or indoor spaces with groups of people can therefore make me ill. By contrast I found that spending regular times with my camera out in nature is ideal for my health
Using a camera enables me to process the little things around me slowly and in depth, by looking at them from different angles and in different lights and by further working on my impressions post shutter, when I edit them at home.
My photographic work has had 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 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 and run creative well-being workshops in the community. So far I have worked with carers and elderly people with special needs. In more recent times I have been running online Expressive Art workshops to help people to cope with the current health crisis.
I have created my first e. book which aims to help relaxation, by stimulating visualisation through images of water & light and accompanying text.
After a long journey I feel I am becoming me, doing what I am best at & feeling fulfilled in what I am doing.
Many thanks for visiting.