What Does It Mean To Live Authentically; To Thrive Creatively?
This much I know: a beautiful life begins with a beautiful mind; and a beautiful mind comes from inner peace, wisdom and being true to who we are.
So often, creativity is pigeon-holed; boxed up and presented in such a perfect, pristine way - don't you think? But the creativity I believe in is more truthful and allows much greater freedom than that. It carries colour, light and movement. It reflects our emotions. It deepens our minds and opens our hearts. It is imperfect; but those very imperfections make it wondrous, breathtaking even.
Welcome to the home of my journal and portfolio. I'm an artist, an eclectic soul: Fine photographer, painter, teacher, actress, loyal friend, free-spirit. I believe it is possible to flourish without labels or boundaries and that we should all be doing what we love as life is far too short.
“You Can’t Look At The Competition And Say You’re Going To Do It Better. You Have To Look At The Competition And Say You’re Going To Do It Differently.”
That philosophy sits at the very heart of what I do; and I don’t follow the crowd. I am an artistic evangelist and endeavour to bring my greatest loves and my creative diversity into my photography and my artwork with the aim not only of doing it brilliantly, but doing it differently.
For over a decade I have specialised in creating large-scale, mixed media paintings, often featuring as part of a colour series. Alongside this, I have taken on stunning photography commissions around the world whilst staying true to my love for shooting authentic film (as in old rolls of film , not video). I combine this with teaching and offering fellow creative women the mentorship and inspiration they need to unlock their potential.
For too long I felt obliged to adopt a label. To be ‘something’. But now I realise I don’t need to choose between my greatest loves, or that by choosing to pick up my camera I am neglecting my painting or any other of my creative pursuits. The arts co-exist beautifully, you see. They intermingle, influence and intertwine to create something unique.
I am happiest when in my artistic flow, whether I have my guitar, camera, paint brush, or script in hand. I am a firm believer in creative freedom - and that means embracing my eclecticism rather than conforming to what others may have expected of me.
Beautiful Living Doesn't Mean Imitating What Others Tell Us Is Perfect... ; it is a state of mind. It is casting off doubt and fear and instead opening our eyes to the endless possibilities this life has to offer. Joy. Adventure. Boldness. Uniqueness.
Likewise, I Have Learnt That Style Isn't Contrived Or Perfect. Instead, it is what exists when things are beautifully undone. When we stop trying so hard and step back to observe the magic we can create from being who we are.