For as long as I can remember I’ve always been a creative person. This manifested itself by the sheer excitement of cardboard boxes and empty loo rolls magically transformed into puppet theatres and dolls houses with just some sellotape and felt tips.
I’ve always loved reading and writing. In my vivid imagination my world could be transformed into solving mysteries in an Enid Blyton novel or writing and drawing my own comic strip.
From a young age when asked what I would be doing when ‘I grew up,’ I would confidently reply ‘a writer or an artist.’ Well I’ve never actually made my fortune through my art but I’ve always brought creativity to whatever role I’ve had. In my spare time I like to draw, write and make jewellery. I’ve also dabbled in other forms of self-expression including sculpture, mosaics, photography and film. I do wonder sometimes if I was reliant on my creativity to make my living whether I’d still enjoy it or whether it would become a chore.
I’ve exhibited my art in various exhibitions and it never gets easier. As an artist I can always see what I could have done better and that frustrates me. I’ll never be at the standard that I’d like to be. There is always room to develop and improve.
I find there is inspiration all around. Sometimes I glimpse a face on the tube and think I’d love to draw you. In my mind I trace their lines. There is something about their face that tells me a story, which is why I love portrait and life drawing so much.
I’ve been a vegetarian since the age of 18. I produced a collage using photos, paint and barbed wire about animal experiments. It was a strong message, one which people commented on saying ‘I didn’t know you felt so strongly about it.’ Art gives a voice when you cannot articulate what you want to say.
I might not be where I want to be in life but for the time being I’ll be letting my art do the talking…
Your beauty surrenders me
As you hug me into your naked body
I curve my body to fit yours
Eyes close contently
As I wish time would slow to capture this moment……
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