Art has been a long and exciting journey for me. For years I painted traditional pictures beautiful landscapes of lakes and mountains etc. I taught art, held exhibitions of my own work and arranged them for other painters, my work is in collections in France and Spain and last year was approached to exhibit in New York and Greece I realised that I had become profoundly bored with painting in an ‘acceptable’ way that has always been an english tradition. Painting for me has to be an adventure and above all exciting.
I found myself inventing effects on my canvases that did not reflect what was in the ‘real’ world. On a whim I was extending lines on the canvas, just to see where they wanted to go, and adjusting colours so that they interacted more in a more interesting way than the light did in the outside world. And gradually my excitement reappeared – suddenly I wanted to spend all my time in my studio again, exploring this fascinating world of abstract art.
Over the past few years I have begun to realise that the potential for expressing feeling and movement in abstract art is unlimited. There are no boundaries – I can do whatever I want on my canvases. Where originally I felt constrained to produce recognisable images of the world outside, now I am free to allow the work to draw me along, not guiding it but simply letting my work pull me along, suggesting new approaches, different combinations of light, colour and movement that form their own internally consistent patterns and relationships.
My work is just entering a whole new kaleidoscopic transitional world, one that I want to make my own and to share with others. This exhibition is just a short snapshot of my own one-way journey – I have no idea where it will take me, but i know that it’s already the greatest journey of my life.