What are the major themes you pursue in your work?
Colour, pattern, fabrics and textures are all important in my work. My studio is my home. I have a small room at the top of the house but I also paint at the kitchen table or even in the garden when I’m inspired. I have also painted the fabrics, cushions, and even the chairs of my house.
The walls are painted white so I can use my home like a gallery, constantly moving paintings and furniture around, which helps to invigorate my work.
What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
My mum is a painter and she once told me to paint the pictures that I would like to have on my own walls. I often hang my work around the house to live with for a while and to see if it works.
Prefer to work with music or in silence?
I have a very old radio in my room so I’m a bit limited for choice. If I’m painting something energetic and bold I like to have on music stations or classical music, but if I’m in a calmer mood I’ll often listen to talk radio, or sometimes I prefer to just have silence.
If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
I would love almost any painting by Henri Matisse but if I had to choose, one of my favorites is Seville Still Life – a beautifully ornate sofa draped in decorative fabrics.
Who are your favorite writers?
Books I often think about are The Summer Book by Tove Jansson, Any Human Heart by William Boyd and Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel. I am also reading a Matisse memoir at the moment but given half a chance I’ll be flicking through World of Interiors for inspiration.