Art

I am a self-taught, abstract painter. Emotionally charged, my vibrant mixed media paintings explore concepts and meaning. I believe that art has a unique capacity to capture the essence of an idea in a way that logic and reason cannot.

I have published artwork in ARTEMIS, the Wild Roof Journal and The Closed Eye Open, and exhibited locally in Winchester and in the Woman Made's Gallery HOME exhibition.

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HEADING HOME

HEADING HOME

Acrylic on canvas Size: 30cm x 40cm This woman’s spirit animal has blown her mind wide open to the interconnectedness of everything in the universe. Wild geese know in their every cell what and where home is. They trust the instinct deep within their soft bodies. The painting explores how connection to our own soft bodies, and connection to nature and animals, bring us home to our truest self. As Mary Oliver says: “You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.”

MOURNING DOVE

MOURNING DOVE

Oil on canvas Size: 35cm x 45cm The bird in this painting is a Mourning Dove, which is graceful, slender-tailed, small-headed dove, commonly found in North America. This painting is a self-portrait to remind me – especially in these times of great universal transition – that there is a flow of grace moving through me, and that I am exactly where I am meant to be right now.

GENISIS

GENISIS

Acrylic and spray paint on canvas Size: 40cm x 30cm The painting is called Genesis because all stories – those of humans, birds, trees – have their genesis in the earth. We all start, and end, with The Great Mother. The birds in this painting are the UK’s favourite bird: the red robin. Robins are closely associated with rebirth and rejuvenation. The robin is the spirit animal of the beautiful pregnant tree lady in the painting, which symbolises new life, new growth, and new beginnings.

CRAZY PARROT

CRAZY PARROT

Acrylic on canvas Size: 40cm x 30cm What you can see here is an altered state of reality: the parrot spirit animal is helping the human to release her control-freak tendencies and instead embrace a wild life. The crazy parrot encourages her to step off the conveyor-belt-life that everyone else leads, and instead live a bright, colourful and playful life. “We nurture our creativity when we release our inner child. Let it run and roam free. It will take you on a brighter journey." S. Hartwell

QUEEN BEE

QUEEN BEE

Oil on canvas Size: 80cm x 60cm The bird in this painting is a Bee-eater, a vibrantly coloured bird, most commonly found in Africa. The woman in this painting has discovered that the Bee-eater is her spirit animal. The snake wrapped around her neck illuminates her sensuality and playfulness. She works with (not against) Mother Nature, and harnesses her power from the natural world that she inhabits.

VISIONARY FALCON

VISIONARY FALCON

Acrylic on canvas Size: 30cm x 40cm The Falcon in this painting has flown with great speed and aptitude into the woman’s head. She needed this wake up call, as she had unintentionally given her power away to the patriarchy. The Falcon’s beak is a powerful weapon used to kill prey, symbolising the powerful impact of a woman’s intuitive and visionary words. The Falcon helps the woman reclaim her razor-sharp intuitive powers so she can be the visionary that she was born to be…

NIGHT OWL

NIGHT OWL

Oil on canvas Size: 100cm x 70cm The bird in this painting is a Barn Owl, a majestic and mysterious bird that is often heard at night, but hardly ever seen. The woman in this painting has discovered that the Barn Owl is her spirit animal. She is acutely perceptive, elusive and private. She is intimately connected to the moon. She is the master of the night.

GRACE

GRACE

Acrylic on canvas Size: 30cm x 40cm The spirit animal swan in this painting symbolises purity, beauty, grace, love and elegance. We closely associate this bird with Aphrodite, the goddess of romance and love. The man is the swan whisperer, and he finds that connecting to his swan spirit animal helps him balance his masculine and feminine energies and develop his own intuitive abilities.

YIN and YANG

YIN and YANG

Acrylic on canvas Size: 30cm x 40cm This painting explores the constant challenge of balancing our soft nurturing feminine energies with our determined and strong-willed masculine energies. This spirit animal is a black hawk eagle, which visited me on a shamanic journey as my power animal. I wanted to honour it in this painting, as it offered me its strength, focus and vision.

WOODPECKER WHISPERER

WOODPECKER WHISPERER

Oil on canvas Size: 35cm x 45cm The bird in this painting is a Great Spotted Woodpecker with pied black and white plumage and a red patch on the lower belly. A species resident in my very own garden in the South Downs National Park. The man in this painting has discovered that the Great Spotted Woodpecker is his spirit animal. He is resilient, discerning and wise. He is quietly confident. He never gives up, gracefully pecking his way through the wood of life.

WOLF LADY

WOLF LADY

Oil on canvas Size: 30cm x 40cm “Like the wolf, intuition has claws that pry things open and pin things down, it has eyes that can see through the shields of persona, it has ears that hear beyond the range of mundane human hearing. With these formidable psychic tools a woman takes on a shrewd and even precognitive animal consciousness, one that deepens her femininity and sharpens her ability to move confidently in the outer world.” Clarissa Pinkola Estes

UNSETTLED SPIRIT ANIMAL

UNSETTLED SPIRIT ANIMAL

Oil and acrylic on canvas Size: 60cm x 50 cm This painting is of a young girl on the brink of womanhood. She is unsure which spirit animal will settle with her when she transforms into womanhood. She has various ideas – and hoped that she will grow into a powerful and vibrant woman – but she is unsure who she will really be when she grows up. Paper birds therefore flutter around her in anticipation…

WEDDING DAY

WEDDING DAY

Acrylic and spray paint on canvas Size: 100cm x 70cm During the covid lockdown, many married couples have spent more time together in their homes. They are forced to look each other straight in the eyes again – no distractions – like they did on their wedding day. Are they seeing their own reflection in each other’s eyes…? Are they trying to establish once again whose identity is whose…?

SILVER MOON

SILVER MOON

Oil, spraypaint and chalk on canvas Size: 100cm x 70cm Since I put this painting of an enchanted birch forest bathing in the silver of the full moon above my bed, my cat developed a new habit. He swaggers over to the bed, jumps up elegantly, parades onto my chest, lies his body down, and stares endlessly at this painting. He does this every morning and evening. I always say to him in my sleepy slumber: ‘you like that painting, don’t you catty’. He purrs loudly through my whole body in response.

INSATIABILITY

INSATIABILITY

Oil on canvas 75cm x 50cm Insatiability is so prevalent in our society. We can have everything and be anyone. We are overwhelmed by choice: choice of identity, choice of expertise, choice of people to spend time with and choice of lifestyle. As soon as we have chosen one thing, we strive to choose the next thing. We always want more. It appears that we have become insatiable… This painting is not original in design and was inspired by an image that caught the artist's eye in Indonesia.

MORE BLUE

MORE BLUE

Acrylic and salt on canvas Size: 50cm x 60cm I painted this for my friend and mentor Emma Hopkins. She is wildly inlove with the colour blue. Her new year’s resolution one year was ‘more blue’. I created this piece as a gift for her.

MORE COLOUR

MORE COLOUR

Acrylic and salt on canvas Size: 50cm x 60cm As the saying goes, you don’t stop having fun when you get old, you get old when you stop having fun. “Everything seemed possible, when I looked through they eyes of a child. And every once in a while; I remember, I still have the chance to be that wild.” ― Nikki Rowe

MORE FUN

MORE FUN

Acrylic and sand on canvas Size: 50cm x 60cm “I had too much fun was no one’s last regret ever.” ― Jonathan Heatt

IT’S JUST A PHASE...

IT’S JUST A PHASE...

Spray paint, silver leaf and acrylic paint on paper Size: 30cm x 45cm The trees in this piece are silhouettes of leaves that the artist collected in the ancient woodlands in Hampshire. The starry night is full of magic and wonder. The divine feminine energy of the moon is shown in all her phases. All of the beauty in nature is temporary. It is flowing and changing with grace. As is everything in life. Temporary. This too shall pass. This too shall pass. This too shall pass.

GUATEMALAN MARKET

GUATEMALAN MARKET

Oil on canvas 15cm x 15cm I stayed in a village by Lake Atitlan in Guatemala in my early twenties for a month. I was studying Spanish and attempting to paint like the locals. This painting took weeks to complete, even though it is small, because it is built up in layers upon layers of oil paints. It is a bird’s eye view of a colourful Guatemalan market.

SISTER SPRING

SISTER SPRING

Collage and angel cards on paper Size: 30cm x 30cm This is part of a collection of four collages entitled ‘Sisters of the Seasons’: one to honour each season. They are a reminder that the cyclical nature of birth (spring), growth (summer), harvest (autumn) and decay (winter) cannot be altered. Everything has a natural rhythm that obeys a higher law. We too are cyclical beings. We are in a constant state of rise and fall. We are more connected to Mother Nature’s changing seasons than we think.

SISTER SUMMER

SISTER SUMMER

Collage and angel cards on paper Size: 30cm x 30cm This is part of a collection of four collages entitled ‘Sisters of the Seasons’: one to honour each season. They are a reminder that the cyclical nature of birth (spring), growth (summer), harvest (autumn) and decay (winter) cannot be altered. Everything has a natural rhythm that obeys a higher law. We too are cyclical beings. We are in a constant state of rise and fall. We are more connected to Mother Nature’s changing seasons than we think.

SISTER AUTUMN

SISTER AUTUMN

Collage and angel cards on paper Size: 30cm x 30cm This is part of a collection of four collages entitled ‘Sisters of the Seasons’: one to honour each season. They are a reminder that the cyclical nature of birth (spring), growth (summer), harvest (autumn) and decay (winter) cannot be altered. Everything has a natural rhythm that obeys a higher law. We too are cyclical beings. We are in a constant state of rise and fall. We are more connected to Mother Nature’s changing seasons than we think.

SISTER WINTER

SISTER WINTER

Collage and angel cards on paper Size: 30cm x 30cm This is part of a collection of four collages entitled ‘Sisters of the Seasons’: one to honour each season. They are a reminder that the cyclical nature of birth (spring), growth (summer), harvest (autumn) and decay (winter) cannot be altered. Everything has a natural rhythm that obeys a higher law. We too are cyclical beings. We are in a constant state of rise and fall. We are more connected to Mother Nature’s changing seasons than we think.

SACRED MOUNTAIN ROCK

SACRED MOUNTAIN ROCK

Lino print on paper Size: 26cm x 26cm I discovered this carving in a sacred mountain rock in the Spanish Pyrenees mountains. I was alone in the middle of a mountain range when a huge storm raged over me. I took comfort near this rock. I recorded the pattern of the ancient carving, and then etched it into lino when I returned to London. This print is the only one ever made – there are no other copies – and I believe it holds the protective energy of the Spanish sacred mountain rock.

HELLO TREES

HELLO TREES

Acrylic and pen on paper Size: 30cm x 20cm The girl was minding her own business, Eating a cheese sandwich and Watching the trees dance in the wind. When suddenly, the trees opened their Branches wide and revealed the Blueprint of their trunks, Exposing their sacred patterns. Her eyes grew wider and wider, As the glittering trees invited the Girl into their world. The girl whispered “hello trees” And bowed in awesome deference.

SYNCHRONICITY

SYNCHRONICITY

Collage and acrylic paint on canvas Size: 50cm x 40cm The universe may not be operating like a cold, meaningless machine after all! Synchronicity is the idea that the entire universe is intricately and intimately interconnected through vibration and meaning. Instead, the reality we experience each day may be flooded with fields of meaning. It is the ever-present reality for those that have the eyes to see it…

POETRY POND

POETRY POND

Acrylic, collage and chicken wire on canvas Size: 100cm x 70cm This piece was born in Brooklyn. The painting explores the active searching for soul in the grime and speed of a big city. In the artist's daily quest for peace amongst the chaos, she found the lily pads at Brooklyn Botanical Garden. Poetry appears to be floating on the surface of the dark pond. This illustrates how creativity is the natural order of life and it always bubbles up to the surface, even in the depths of darkness.

TOGETHER

TOGETHER

Collage and acrylic paint on canvas Size: 30cm x 40cm This piece is called 'together' to show the beauty of connection and collaboration in nature. Taking time to connect with nature helps to remind us what is means to be human. It is intended to remind the viewer to listen to the ancient wisdom of Mother Nature and to grow their own roots deep into the sacred earth beneath their feet.

INTUITION

INTUITION

Charcoal on paper 60cm x 85cm This sketch is of a woman in tune with her intuition - her soul - her instinct. She has honed her intuition like a muscle and now she is able to listen to its wise whispers with some ease... She is fabulously comfortable in her nakedness.

SHAKTI RISING

SHAKTI RISING

Charcoal on paper 60cm x 42cm These are charcoal sketches of women who are channeling their sexuality and encouraging their Shakti (divine feminine energy) to rise from their base chakra all the way up through their crown chakras...

DORMANT

DORMANT

Oil on canvas 20cm x 25cm Growth takes time, and occurs in spurts. Two steps forward, one step backwards. Be gentle. You will lye dormant sometimes. That’s okay. You are just resting. This painting is not original in design and was inspired by an image that caught the artist's eye.

MULTIPLE IDENTITIES

MULTIPLE IDENTITIES

Oil on canvas 50cm x 46cm This painting argues that we should strive for authenticity. Living from the inside-out. But the painting attempts to highlight – with four slightly different versions of the same person – that authenticity is a dynamic process. It is not permanent or static. Our moods, views and insights are transitory. There is a current of change in our lives. This painting is not original in design and was inspired by an image that caught the artist's eye.

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GUATEMALAN MARKET

Oil on canvas 15cm x 15cm I stayed in a village by Lake Atitlan in Guatemala in my early twenties for a month. I was studying Spanish and attempting to paint like the locals. This painting took weeks to complete, even though it is small, because it is built up in layers upon layers of oil paints. It is a bird’s eye view of a colourful Guatemalan market.