I have been a creative person all my life, drawing and painting from an early age; toy making and dressmaking in my teens and working in batik and other mediums ever since.
Batik was first shown to me at school and it fascinated me. Its vibrant colour, intricate pattern and crackly texture, inspired me to think of and explore images that would gain from this distinctive technique.
Initially artists like Mucha and Klimt would provide stimulus, with their free flowing lines, pattern and colour. Later I became more interested in painting with the wax and looked at Chagall, Moreau and Matisse. Recently I have wanted life–like detail and realism in my batiks and have found Millais, Rossetti and Waterhouse very inspiring, as I do many of the Pre-Raphaelites.
The figure and the face are central features in my work; I am drawn to the physical form and its presence. I enjoy the pleasing contours and shapes that are created by a slight twist or change of light.
Capturing a likeness is extremely important to me when drawing faces. They are real people whether the artwork is a portrait, a mythically themed piece or a nude. Commissioned portraits are a Major part of my day to day work and fortunately I very much enjoy doing them.
Batik is a wax and dye resist technique originating from Indonesia and has been around for thousands of years. It involves applying hot wax on cotton and then immersing it into cold water dye; the waxed areas resist the dye colour and allow a design or painting to be made. Once the work is dry the process can be repeated many times to achieve fine detail and variations in tone and colour.
Current Residence: East Sussex
Favourite style of art: Pre-Raphaelites
Operating System: Vista