On the outside I seem like a quiet, but well spoken young woman. Having lived in two different countries, I have experienced more than most have at my age. England was where I spent time growing up in my younger years and it’s a place that has influenced me in so many ways. I remember living in a 500 year old thatched cottage with my family, reveling in the old history and magic of my childhood. Discovering secret fortresses in the garden and superstitions buried within our home. Later we moved to an old farm house on the edge of the Quantock Hills. Right next to a very old graveyard in a small charming village in the south-west of England. The lanes we lived on lead to a forest that took you up into the moors. It was a place of mystery and natural beauty. If you were lucky you could catch a glimpse of a red fox scurrying away! One of the most magical and beautiful areas I was taken to was a place called Wistman’s Wood. It was like a scene from a fairytale. Dense moss covering the trees and boulders and a thick fog blanketing the entire scene. It was an ethereal moment in my life. I think, looking back, my experiences taken from my English background have heavily influenced the person I have become. I have always had a love for the fantasy and surreal in nature. Perhaps, with a twist of gothic darkness deep inside of me which carries over from my English culture and into my art.
My work is certainly affected by my upbringing. I have always enjoyed nature and wildlife in all its vicious beauty. Cats have played a big role in my life. They have shown me how to enjoy the simple things, to rule, to be fearless, and to be an affectionate friend. I have always believed that felines are very deeply connected with the world around them. They have an air of dignity, grace, and magic as if they can see things that humans can’t. But mostly, my love for felines stem from spending my life in their company. So I paint them because they are beautiful and powerful. They are spiritual beings and fierce friends!
My artwork has certainly undergone many changes through my art journey. Lots of time spent experimenting, trying to find my style or theme. I started out as a pen and ink artist drawing fantasy dragons and zentangles, before falling in love with watercolors and broadening my concepts. Later, I finally settled on acrylics as my main medium of choice. It was then that I really started to feel like I had tapped into my true artist-self. I had started to portray the artwork that I was proud of and that I really connected to. It was from this point that I knew I want to devote my life to being an artist. I want to inspire people and make them feel connected, just like how nature and animals, and especially felines are. To inspire and motivate is a powerful feeling. I want to see the world connect and care more about the important things. I want people to remember who we share this world with. And for them to dream and create and transport their minds.