Tell us about your artwork, medium, style, subject matter, etc.
I am an award winning artist residing in the Bay Area, California. I create mixed media paintings working primarily with acrylic and collage. A large amount of my recent work is focused on cityscapes and the figure. I would describe my work as semi-abstract. In my collages I used Japanese papers, magazine papers and papers that I have created myself. I have been a member of Gallery 24, Los Gatos for 4 years and I currently show my work there.
What are your biggest challenges in creating art?
My biggest challenge is depicting a place, a moment in time or an idea in a semi abstract way using minimalism, in other words capturing the essence of a subject. It can be very tempting to add too much to a painting to the point where it becomes more realistic than I would like, I really enjoy this challenge Working on a painting is like trying to solve a puzzle. It can be challenging, meditative and is extremely satisfying when the puzzle is solved and everything falls into place.
What is a day of working like in your studio/creative space? Do you have any rituals that help you get motivated or in “the zone”?
I share a studio with my friend and co artist Sylvie Levesque at The Alameda Artworks, San Jose. Before going to my studio I usually go to my yoga class, work out or go for a hike. I like to get to the studio before lunch so I can work for several uninterrupted hours, I find I can focus better this way. If I can only spend a couple of hours at the studio I usually brainstorm ideas, tidy up or organize the studio. I find I can be more creative when my work space is not cluttered.
When you are in need of inspiration are there particular things you read, listen to, look at or do to help find that idea or fuel your work?
When I’m in need of inspiration I find that sketching or drawing the figure from life or photographs always inspires me and helps my creativity. Visiting museums and browsing through art books is always inspirational.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I am a Scientist and worked in the Pathology Laboratory in a London Hospital before my art career. I was born in London and have also lived in Belgium and Spain.
What advice would you give others just beginning their creative careers?
It’s so important to show up in your studio and put in the hours! Take risks and push the limits, don’t stop when you have a painting you are just OK with. If you push the painting further you may ruin it but you may also create something you love. You’ll never know if you don’t try! You need to accept that not everyone will like your work, if you want to be authentic you have to learn to listen to your inner voice. If I don’t like something I have painted, nothing anyone says usually changes my mind about it.