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Hands in a Holding Position

All the work has been done on paper and sits within the medium of drawing in its broadest sense from simple drawing methods to layering of images and materials through mixed media. The images are not meant to offer a descriptive representation but instead a visual and sensory experience through composition and materials; an intuitive response that depends on memory and emotion of our internal lives and our experience of the world.
Working with flowers allows the pleasure of using colour and beauty but they can also convey meaning in an intuitively personal and powerful way. Throughout history flowers have been used as symbolic gestures and depicted in paintings and sculpture for narrative purposes and to enhance meaning.  From the red rose symbolising the blood of martyrs in early Christian paintings to the present day where roses signify romantic love which has been passed down to us from medieval culture of romance. In this work I am motivated by the sociological aspect of giving flowers as emotional gifts to convey love, sorrow, congratulations, thanks … to relay our desire to share at some level in the experience of another. As social beings we have a need to connect with other people whether family, friends or strangers; to share in the events of others, celebratory or tragic, the milestones of life and to remind ourselves that we are not alone.

A selection from the work can be seen below.

Conte pencil, acrylic on paper, 38x20.5cm
Conte pencil, acrylic on paper, 38x20.5cm
mixed media on paper, 57x37cm SOLD
mixed media on paper, 57x37cm SOLD
Pastel, watercolour on paper
Pastel, watercolour on paper
For you. Coloured conte, graphite on paper, 51cmx41cm
For you. Coloured conte, graphite on paper, 51cmx41cm
Graphite, pastel on paper
Graphite, pastel on paper
Pastel, conte on paper
Pastel, conte on paper
Emotive (red & blue), mixed media on paper, 63x47 cm
Emotive (red & blue), mixed media on paper, 63x47 cm
Emotive (yellow & blue), mixed media on paper, 63x47 cm
Emotive (yellow & blue), mixed media on paper, 63x47 cm
Emotive (red), mixed media on paper, 63x47 cm SOLD
Emotive (red), mixed media on paper, 63x47 cm SOLD
Golden Giotto and the waiting, mixed media on paper, 77x61
Golden Giotto and the waiting, mixed media on paper, 77x61
Field, mixed media on paper, 78x51cm
Field, mixed media on paper, 78x51cm
Beauty, pastel and acrylic on tracing paper, 53x48cm
Beauty, pastel and acrylic on tracing paper, 53x48cm
Lament, graphite & white pencil on tracing paper SOLD
Lament, graphite & white pencil on tracing paper SOLD
Carna means flesh, mixed media on paper, 78x57cm
Carna means flesh, mixed media on paper, 78x57cm
Yellow Table, mixed media with tracing paper, 71x67cm
Yellow Table, mixed media with tracing paper, 71x67cm
Lily White Lily White, mixed media on paper,
Lily White Lily White, mixed media on paper,
Floating No.1, pencil on paper
Floating No.1, pencil on paper
Floating No.2, pencil on paper
Floating No.2, pencil on paper
Untitled, graphite on paper, 60x42 SOLD
Untitled, graphite on paper, 60x42 SOLD
Delicate Red, mixed media on synthetic paper
Delicate Red, mixed media on synthetic paper
Speaking with your Hands, mixed media on newspaper, 89x68 cm
Speaking with your Hands, mixed media on newspaper, 89x68 cm
Untitled, mixed media on newspaper, SOLD
Untitled, mixed media on newspaper, SOLD
Untitled, mixed media on newspaper, SOLD
Untitled, mixed media on newspaper, SOLD