I paint figurative representations of motherhood, pregnancy, and identity in oils.
My work is shaped by experiences of poverty, overwhelm, isolation and social judgement, from memories as a young mother, and as an older mother whose children have left home, both times of huge identity shift.
I aim to question how art and society privilege the cliché of an idealised role of motherhood by showing the repression of self that women undergo when they become pregnant and raise a family in a patriarchal society constructed on class rules.
I feel that the materiality of paint can be harnessed for emotive power and storytelling. Within the story of each painting, I work on ‘active’ areas using impasto, coloured lines for emphasis, and in quieter areas, let the image disappear into drips in places to become more intangible. It is an evolving and exploratory process where experiments with colour and mark making can steer my direction.
For structure, I use initial compositional sketches, collage, and maquettes to plan multi-figure layouts thinking about traditional compositional schemata and how I can subtly subvert these. Sometimes I reference objects made as preparatory work to emphasise how we construct a ‘reality’ which is subjective to us.
I am interested in distortions of the human form, particularly hands, that I feel have great potential energy. It is important to me to depict how society works to distort us and place us into assigned roles (including motherhood), how it isolates us, and how it acts to correct us if we deviate from the norms. In this sense I feel ‘suburbia/society’ becomes a character in my paintings, watching over us.
The perceived role and representation of motherhood can limit the choices available for self-expression and self-actualisation. To give back power, the individual voice matters, and I want to share mine.
MA Fine Art 2020-2021 - University of Reading (finishes September 2021)
Composition one-to-one tutorials: Carl Randall (Sep 2020 - Feb 2021)
Painting in oils from life – Heatherley’s School of Art (Spring 2020)
Portraiture short courses: Alex Tzavaras (2019), Daniel Shadbolt (2019), Felicia Forte (2018), Nicolas Uribe (2017), Tim Benson (2017), Sam Dalby (2014)
BA Visual Art and French 1990-1992 (two years, unfinished) - University of Wales, Aberystwyth
Solo and group exhibitions
Passions – Superpowers of Everyday People
Nolias Gallery, Bankside, London 16 – 20 October 2018
Presented by Artistic UK
MA Art Final Show
School of Art, University of Reading, 4-10 June 2021
ING Discerning Eye
Online instead of the Mall Galleries, London, 19 November – 31 December 2020
Society of Women Artists Annual Exhibition
Online instead of the Mall Galleries, London, 22 September – 30 December 2020
Roy’s People Art Fair (with Artistic UK)
Bargehouse, OXO Tower, London, 4 – 7 April 2019
Yateley Area Online Art Group Exhibition (Organised by me)
West End Centre, Aldershot, 1 – 25 April 2019
Surrey Contemporary Art Fair
Sandown Park Racecourse, 15 – 17 March 2019
The Crypt Gallery, St Pancras, 16 – 20 December 2018
The Crow’s Nest Gallery, Crowthorne Road, London, 1– 23 August 2018
Nolia’s Gallery, Bankside, London, 9– 23 May 2018
JoeDaisy and the Hare
Oxford Town Hall, 19 November 2016 – 7 January 2017
Brenda Magazine May 2021 ‘Blue’, Issue 7
‘The Judging’ painting featured with explanatory text.
Artists and Illustrators Magazine October 2019 ‘Dream’ painting and interview full page in Portfolio Plus ‘Fresh Paint’ section p.20
Owen Ridley Prize for Fine Art - Awarded by University of Reading School of Art for MA Fine Art, June 2021