I draw intuitively and I don't question myself, or prepare further than cutting a piece of paper & opening up my box of pastels.
I find an image I am attracted to & I find a song to go with it...I will put on my headphones & the tune on repeat then let serendipity take hold with gesture & intuition.
As I work on the image, the music breaks down Inhibitions...
At the point it all comes together I realise the logic has a lot to do with my own thoughts, memories feelings and internal dialogue.
The mind is clever but cautious...it censors & filters the heart's expression.
So the music I listen to as I draw is a tool to let the heart lead and have it's say and to stop the minds control... this method keeps the mind distracted and quiet, and the drawing raw and immediate.
I find my trust in what the heart has to say is rewarded with accurate logic in... the form, feeling of line, colour, tone, energy, mood, movement, composition & the visceral or emotional content.
None of which I had analysed beforehand but makes perfect sense afterwards.
My drawings are large because I have a background working on theatre design. I have created scenic backdrops & props for The Jermyn Street Theatre for Carmen (a production on Carmen Miranda)... The Gate Theatre (Candide, Leonce & Lena)... and I once had to work on approximately 20ft long paintings for a window display for Dickins & Jones on Regent Street.
I have also painted costumes for London productions of Cats, Riverdance, and Beauty & The Beast.
I have BA joint hons in Fine Art & History of Art and Design (Leicester).
I also did a foundation course in Art at North Oxfordshire College & School of Art.
But academic journey in art began at Chelsea School of Art... Btec in Visual Art & History of Art & Design.
But previous to this as a child I would copy images of superheroes from comic books I bought from jumble sales...So I would say I have always been an artist.