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I am primarily interested in the mind, and how our state of mind creates what we believe is reality. I am also interested in the big questions such as "Who am I?", "What is the meaning of life?" I use drawing, painting, photography, mixed media, video, performance and writing to explore and document my own experiences of mind in its varying, and increasingly subtle, aspects, including perception, sensation, feeling, intuition, emotion, thought, spirituality, energy.
My own life experiences have been like a journey from intense trauma, loss and suffering, to an exploration of layers of my psyche through art therapy and psychotherapy and into meditation practice in the Tibetan Buddhist Mahamudra/Dzogchen traditions.
In meditation I have been training in recognising the nature and essence of mind, and practising stabilising in that recognition. I am beginning to discover some healing and experience of an essence that lies beyond suffering. Much of my visual art practice is an integral part of that training.
It is my hope that while what I do are personal documentations of a journey, the art work will resonate for and benefit others if only because we are all human, and our experiences are not so different. Some art works contemplate suffering, while other pieces are personal symbols trying to express what is beyond suffering and inexpressible.
In addition to my work being in collections in private Europe and USA, I have also been an invited speaker at conferences, appeared on Channel4 TV and written a paper for Arts Council England.
A qualified art teacher and creativity coach with 30 years experience facilitating creativity in colleges, schools and the community, I now offer personalised one-to-one and small group creative sessions, retreats and breaks helping individuals free and develop their authentic creative voice in the visual arts.