I have not analysed the form my work takes, nor studied or borrowed techniques used by the Old Masters or other contemporary artists. My work is simply form or matter exactly as I see it & my abstract pieces represent emotions so varied & complicated that I need a myriad of colours to express them!
Whenever I hear an outstanding piece of music, emotions soar and inspire me to grasp hold of whatever medium is closest to hand and to let that inspiration create a visual image.
Most of the time I am not even aware of choosing a specific medium to work in and I have absolutely no idea what I will do, or how the final work will turn out. There is no concept, simply an immediacy provoked by musical inspiration.
My pen, crayon (or lipstick) or brush simply goes down, where it will, on the paper or canvas (or in the sand on the beach).......and what emerges is often as surprising to me as it would be to any onlooker.
So, to me, music is the artist, I am simply one medium it uses to create a visual imprint.
My favourite mediums? I love oil pastels as they’re so rich and ‘immediate’.
Ink is more refined, but is so striking in its simplicity.
Paints, enamels & varnish - I can splash and merge....they can be used in so many ways....and the range of colours is vast.
Photography is a major joy for me. I began (drawing and) taking photographs as a tiny child but never dreamt photography would play such a major role in my life. Realism, impressionism, abstraction and constructivism, even now, I'm always so excited to see what emerges.
Current art projects (2014):
I've just finished writing and illustrating a story verse (book) for children called 'Tumbleweed gets left behind'. I hope to see it published later this year.
I'm also busy hand drawing images to be 'animated' in a short film inspired by the photographic image 'Over the garden wall'. The verse I've written (which appears with the image) will be the narrative for the film.
I'm continuing a series of images of a character I've created, called Melanie. She's great fun to draw as she has such personality. I hope you like her!
Current writing projects:
Articles: Daisy Delaware's Daily Diary (in dire & dreadful detail). The diary of a 6 year old. (On going!)
A film score about a reclusive Chinese artist (which could only be directed by Wong Kar-Wai, a man whose work I greatly admire). (On going).
A book for adults- The I53 Enigma. (On going).
A book for children- Hana Laga & the Riddle of the Sphinx.
Arvo Pärt- A brilliant composer whose music, for me, conveys suffering, hardship.....love and loss...but always with kindness and a sense of forgiveness and peace.
Yann Tiersen: I listen over and over again to many of his works. He takes me on a journey through emptiness; isolation....joy...love....elation.....determination...despair....and back again. I wish my images could play his music whenever anyone looked at them.
Favourite perfume: Lalique's - Tendre Kiss; Marc Jacob's - Daisy; Penhaligon's - 'Artemisia'. Fragrance is so important to me. It transports my mind to places I dream of being.