I had a friend who was relocating from Virginia to California, and she asked me to write a theme song for the move. I decided to give it a whirl. It was actually a fun process of interviewing her and getting a lot of details about what the move meant for her emotionally, then a lot of real time details as she trekked from one coast to the other. By the time she had finished the move, I had so much information that all I really had to do was organize the material into a rhyming scheme. I'm really happy with the way the song came out, and she really enjoyed it, too.
Beginning with a travel bug and some free time, I decided to take a trip to Honduras to try and seek out some sun and adventure. Arriving in Honduras, I was surprised at how warm and friendly the Honduran people were. I say surprised because everyone I talked to before hand said that it was dangerous and to be careful. While those cautions were taken seriously, I determined not to let that get in the way of some adventure, and I am glad it didn't as I came away with some interesting portraits.
Using a range of different materials from pencil to oil paints to water colours I have created this collection of images which I have called TheBirds.
The theme wasn't deliberate but started after i painted a triptych of bird silhouette images which can be found within this exhibition.
I used the freedom I felt whilst painting the 'Dancers' using colour and loose brush stokes to create movement and depth.
After creating these images I found that birds would be a great focus for a new body of work and proceeded in this direction.
Within this exhibition you can see varied outcomes of this idea.
I suffer from BDD (body dysmorphic disorder) and have done for many years, but after research i gained an understanding that the way i see myself is an illness. I wanted to produce a body of work to show the emotions and views of that who suffer from body image issues and use what i have learnt to create work to show understanding and progress.
I wanted people to question what and why this project came to be. It's the second chapter, if you like, to a previous project based on memory loss. This part is more about why the memory loss happened. The title of the exhibition is Delusional Parisitosis. Its based upon an illness which caused myself 3 years of memory loss and tore my family to pieces. This illness was caused by my mother being taken into a deep depression, caused by many tragedies that other took place in a very short space of time. The illness itself causes hallucinations, paranoia and anxiety. The form in which i witnessed created hallucinations of infestations of bugs and creatures within the walls of the house, furniture and even my mothers skin. This pushed her to suicide attempts and to have no connections with anyone or anything past the front door of the house.
Bristol has many up and coming bands and artists who have approached me for photo-shoots and live show images.
The images here include:
-Clear the Coast
It was good practice for me to work with groups and single artists and to experiment with different lighting such as natural, studio and stage.
This exhibition contains works from 2007-present, using oil paints on canvas and plywood.
I have been practicing creating images that look very close to photographs.
Using the depth of field that would be caught in a photographed image to achieve the desired effect.
To do this I blend the background of the painting as it would be in the out of focus area of a photo and add a sharp 'in focus' foreground.
Painting is my most desired medium and one in which I feel I am most successful.
Having now sold many pieces and gaining the confidence needed, I want to expand my ideas and get out of my comfort zone, using different techniques and themes to do so.
Drug's magpie 2012
Supports used: Illustrator & Photoshop
I have wanted to decontextualise a natural image: a naturalistic image of a magpie drawed by me, this it's combined with a thing out of her context.
This thing is essential for you? and why? what is the thin line that divide a pass time to an essential thing to feel good?
I have tried only to ask a question without criticize one or other.
I enjoy to do a sketch a month. They tend to relate to a period in my life. This is uplifting, almost a self portrait. I drew the fly from life that was crawling on my knee. A sunflower is my favorite flower, I drew this from my imagination and I made an impression of wind across the page inspired by the art cravings on the Monastery gate in Thali (Nepal) where I was living at the time. A break from teaching.
To me, the verruca wasn’t any form of ‘wartish lesion’, but rather a part of myself and quite unobtrusive. My verruca. It’d been on my right foot for as long as I could remember - a small circle of white that never made a fuss. Other aspects of me require much more attention; my heavy stomach fat reminds me of the need to exercise, the dark stubby hairs sprouting from my brow crease, limbs and pubis induce a strong disgust reflex that means I can think of little else before pruning, tweezing and/or epilation can be fitted in. But my little verruca gave me no trouble at all – I often went for weeks without remembering its existence. In fact, I thought about it so rarely that when I remembered to check on it every once in a while, I was always surprised, touched even, by its continuing presence. He never mentioned it – I wondered if he’d even noticed – and that was all I really cared about anyway.
My portrait of my friend Alan, a Big Issue seller in Bristol. The title "...and they say there aren't boys like him anymore." is from the poem Timothy Winters, by Charles Causley.