I have devoted my life to both learning and working in Art and Design. My formal training is in Fashion Design with an emphasis on Haute Couture methods, as well as in Multimedia Design and Home Design. I have worked with many different mediums and in the most recent past, watercolours and textile-based work, but in realizing my desire to use the time of Covid19 and isolation as a time to reflect on my work, I decided it was the perfect time for a reinvention. I have done this several times over my life as many artists do and as usual, I am totally refreshed with a new perspective that flows with ease into other areas of my life because Art is my life and my life is Art.
I’m concentrating on painting, mostly with Golden Open Slow drying acrylics, a great alternative to oil painting for me. This work allows me to portray everything I want to share with the world through Visual Arts. My lifelong obsession with Mystical and Magical storytelling and a passion for Feminist messaging of Women’s Strength and Empowerment sometimes inspires me to write stories to accompany my work.
Dear Laurel, a wise Mystic, represents a women who I both liken myself to and women who I aspire to be like.
I search for empowered women through family lineage
and stories of other strong women in our past history that inspire me.
I search for an ancestor who would have perhaps been considered a Suffragette, or some semblance of one,
possible great-great-great-grandmothers who could have been mistaken for Witches, Healers, Magical Women, Mystics.
I search in my Grand Dames heritage home for the ghosts of women who were Artists and Outliers, like I am today.
Women, and the men who support them, who believe in a World of Magic and the Power of Wonder, Courage and Strength.
I search with hope to find these mystics who were in power of their own destiny
and those who had a will strong enough to stand up against misogyny and patriarchy
as I believe to be, again, of the upmost importance today.