My constant passion in life is art - a way to freely voice my thoughts and emotions on a canvas. In school, I developed skills in stain glass painting, candle making, and paint by numbers, which eventually lead me to drawing portraits. As a developing artist, the opportunities to evolve and experiment with new techniques and ideas truly drives my motivation to create abstract work.
An early interest in art sparked while I was taught its history, especially the Renaissance period. I thrived when ‘dissecting’ paintings and interpreting the artist’s intentions through their use of colour, shape and positioning. Inspired by Robert Browning’s poem, ‘Porphyria’s Lover’, my expressive portfolio unveils possession, jealousy and darkness, and tells a story with a message waiting to be translated.
I then chose to pursue a degree in International Business at Glasgow Caledonian University, where I learned about human values and cross-cultural differences. When merging my intrigue in art and business studies, I found that regardless of nationality, the appearance of an artist’s canvas may look different to those of others, but the concept of expression remains unique.
As a student, I promoted and sold personalised commissions, including: family portraits, pets and erotic pieces in mixed-media, e.g. graphite, charcoal, acrylic, watercolour and oil paint. Moving onto digital art, I developed portraits by embracing realism. I currently produce my work with original and spontaneous ideas, showcasing a peculiar mixture of humour, honesty, darkness and confidence.
I find the beauty of expression behind artwork profound. My work is deeply influenced by Rembrandt’s use of minimal light to enhance the beauty of what is present in a dark setting, as well as Courbet’s boldness and erotic humour. I also embrace the concept of vanity and narcissism in many of my works, as I recognise myself as self-indulgent, yet self-mocking. I believe it is important for artists to incorporate their personalities by reflecting themselves in their work.