I first began to paint at age 22, having had no art tuition at school. I painted some oils and water colours on and off until I was 24, but was critical of my efforts and discarded most of them as I felt they did not look ‘realistic’ enough. Career, lack of space and the belief that I was ’no good at art’ led me to put my paints aside. Then in October 2006 I had a spiritual experience which motivated me to paint again.
Where to start was a challenge. I thought I had forgotten how to apply paint. In early 2007 I went to a few classes with a local landscape artist which got me started with acrylics, but quickly realised that his style did not convey the feelings and images I wanted to express. Then I started painting intuitively, not knowing how the picture was going to emerge. The results were exciting and spurred me on.
Even now I feel that these works are my most inspired. I had no knowledge of methods, techniques or style to order the free expression of the creative flow. I therefore had to rely heavily on inspiration and allow the creative impulse to flow through me until the works were complete.
I have worked as a hypnotherapist, healer and workshop leader for the past 11 years. My close rapport with my unconscious mind and Creative Source is also reflected in my art work. You can find out more about this aspect of my life on my website: www.lifechangetherapy.co.uk.
I am also a harpist, songwriter and poet. I live on a farm in West Wales. We have won EU funding to convert the outbuildings at the farm into an art gallery and studio, and therapy and training rooms. The building work is currently ongoing and due to be finished by April 2011. I hope that I will then be more able to integrate my interests. The therapeutic work enables the release of blocks to creativity and empowers us to lead a wonderful life. I am developing new courses to facilitate such work, which will hopefully commence in the summer of 2011.
This painting represents for me an image of my own personal awakening, as well as the awakening of the universe. The poem below also expresses something of this concept. It is the first of my Dragon poems.
The Ellenore paintings began to take form in 2007, and from 2007-8 many of my paintings expressed the magic of Ellenore. A series of poems and a novel, which I am still in the process of writing, further developed the theme. The poem below relates to this picture.
This painting conveys to me an image of the soul moving towards the light. It also carries the theme of rebirth through the material to the spiritual, of the body awakening to its birthright, of the Phoenix being reborn from the ashes of the old.
My feeling while painting this picture was of the renewal and the rebirth of life after winter. For me, it also suggests the transformation that comes as we open ourselves to the creative flow and allow our lives to be charged with the energy of the Divine.
I painted this outside over the summer and finished it in early October 2010, and it is the biggest painting I have done so far to date. I have enjoyed listening to the different interpretations of the creatures depicted in this painting. Viewers have constructed many images existing here which I had no conscious awareness of.
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