What is art? Who can define what it means? This is a question I constantly ask myself, and one that directs my work and who I am as an artist. Marcel Duchamp once said: “What art is, in reality, is the missing link, not the links which exist. It’s not what you see that is art; art is the gap.” (Google Arts & Culture, n.d.). Honestly speaking, I don’t seek to find the answers to these questions. I just enjoy learning from what I make, from others and observing who and what is around me.
My sources of inspiration are my family, my faith and what they mean to me in an ever-changing world. The two are what keeps me grounded; what makes life and the world make sense. So, I try to navigate the world, using my art to express my beliefs, exploring new ways of seeing and expressing what I see…and feel.
I have always been drawn to nature and my work often features elements from it. I especially enjoy drawing flowers and leaves. It fascinates me that there is such an endless array of shapes, textures, colours and lines to be found in the natural world. I will never forget the first time I set foot in a gallery and saw the amazing works of Claude Monet. The way he translated nature in his paintings was mesmerizing to me then. It still is now.
I tend to work mostly with oils and charcoal. I specially enjoy the flexibility of oils, the time it allows you to reflect on what you’re making. Giving you more freedom to change, replace and enhance.