It's a strange way of starting a blog, or for that matter any piece of writing, but bear with me while I explain something about the fluxus of change that I've been entertaining for some time now. For brevity, I'll start fairly close to the end so please don't go off getting that cup of coffee just yet.
A year ago, in a moment that I can only define as (very) late teenage rebellion I made a wild decision. The thing is, by that stage I had already been through an arduous process following my dream (and fulfilling every expectation I associated those near and dear to me with) and got what I wanted too so it is quite fair to say that I was living "the dream".... one of them anyway. The problem was that the other niggly side of me also had a dream to fulfill and for reasons that fit in a book, not a blog, I decided to press pause and take a sabbatical. I'll call this my dream hopping moment.
What followed was a year of sheer play, hard work and joy. Play was the defining word for the most part and please believe me when I tell you that all my best work during the last year is the result of adopting a relaxed and playful attitude (as opposed to controlling and pre-conceived). This one year journey took me through amazing artistic experiences and saw me for the first time really listening to and developing a whole new part of my brain. I developed a strong interest in mental health and spent great chunks of time researching it in the context of art - contemporary and classical. The result?! The End. A year of fun, hard work and learning, culminated with the "What If" exhibition at the Copeland Gallery where I exhibited 3 pieces inspired by research into depression.
All good things should end on a high although our amazing course leader advised us not to call it "the end" but rather, "the beginning".
Here I am, ready for a new start and wondering what and where to next. I am open to collaborations and will happily accept commissions. In the meantime I made a pact with myself to draw every day, even if it is for just 30 seconds. Outside of that, I enrolled on the "Drawing the Contemporary Portrait" short course at the Royal Drawing School and started this website. Please check back for updates.