My art work aspires to engage with everyday life. The sensations stirred by my own immediate physical and emotional environment, whether a catch up with old friends, a family gathering, or the experience of the changing seasons find their expression in my painting. My work is informed by my Jamaican heritage and culture, representations of freedom and escape from the strict religious sect I was bought up in and also a creative outlet for my extensive and vivid dreams!
When translating a memory, a mood or an atmosphere onto paper and canvas, selection of colour and facial expressions are key to me. More is often said with the eyes and turn of a mouth than with words.
Decorative notes, often inspired by my passion for textiles, help frame the psychological and emotional content often explored within my paintings.
I have several ongoing series’: “Who’s That Girl”, “Faces and Feelings” and “Riding The Waves”
I was fortunate to grow up in a very creative household surrounded by paper, paints, fabric and threads and was encouraged to express myself thorough these mediums from a young age. Aged 7 I won my primary schools painting and drawing competition which further sparked my passion for art and design and a love of sharing my work.
At secondary school, my art works took on a decorative nature, leading me to focus on weaving, fabric and textile design.
I completed my Art Foundation course at Reading College of Art and Design, following which I completed a B.A in Textile Design at Central St Martins. While studying at St. Martins I also focused my interests on antique fabrics and vintage clothing, carrying out research at The Gallery of Antique Costume and Textiles which was then located on Church Street in Marylebone. On leaving St Martins I started an internship at the Gallery which turned into a permanent position and I continued to work there for several years. During this time, I further developed my knowledge and passion for vintage costume, antique textiles and decorative fabrics that now informs some of my art work.