I started making art late in 2018. I’ve been chronically ill for 14 years and since 2013 slid into a more severe form which has left me mainly housebound, I live alone and am very isolated. You lose a lot of people through this kind of experience due to many social factors. The illness I have carries a lot of stigma which has been hard on me emotionally.
A group of my friends who have the same illness or similar all decided to do a collaborative sketchbook together in 2018. Some of them are artists some not. It was the catalyst for me to start and I’ve not stopped since. It’s hard to express in words just how much creating art gives me.
My health dictates what medium and materials I use. When I’m particularly unwell even getting up to get the most basic of things is too much so during those times I’ve worked on postcards and used ink pens, my visual verse as I like to see them.
I’ve done a lot of embroidery too during the worst of my relapses. I have a table clamp, frame and a laptop table I can attach it to and stay supine and hands free to help with muscle weakness and pain. The stitching is so meditative and tactile. I love creating my own worlds but also use aerial or nature photographs for inspiration.
Early on I started to experiment with watercolour, then I started to add ink pen over the top creating worlds within worlds. I was born curious and loved to travel, I’d lived abroad for many years before becoming sick, it was a hard transition for me but my art allows me to explore like I used to and create wondrous places.
I love the process of creating and to see where it has arrived once I’ve finished, I never have any kind of plan when painting and it’s impossible for me to reproduce the same thing twice. I love colour and love to fall into it whilst working and playing.
Recently I started to use ink and rice paper, the immediacy is satisfying. Also using dip pens and different coloured Indian inks has been a new and wonderful addition. I love to draw with the dip pens.
I hope that people can find new worlds and hear the accompanying music within my work as I do.