“My approach to painting is instinctual, energetic and bold with a love of powerful colour and gesture. The inspiration in my drawings and paintings and love of India in all it’s colours – beginning from early in life, has lead my work to resonate deeply with my Indian connection. My colour palette is imbued with India and the tropics. Experiencing a rural way of life in a tropical landscape enriched my understanding of the importance of being connected to a self, where passion, fluidity, energy and openness of spirit is all expressed in the work. The landscape provides a structure to express a personal language of paint that has evolved over time. The spontaneous gestures and subliminal images that emerge in my drawings and paintings are a powerful part of my everyday life.
My Father was an artist, filmmaker and photographer, and my Mother a ceramicist and linguist. I was brought up with the teachings of the Indian philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti (1895-1986), and aged 20 (fascinated with Indian culture, it’s life embedded in me,) I went to live in India for a year, working and travelling. Aged 33, I returned to India for three months on a scholarship funded by the British High Commission in Calcutta, to work with twelve Indian artists in an Artist’s village. In 2009 I trekked in the Himalayas from Ladakh with Rebecca Stephens – the first British woman to climb Mount Everest. India has always been a thread running throughout my life.
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