I was born in Oxford, UK, 30 November 1954 - one of dissimilar
The year I was 5 was deeply significant for me – in
terms of inner
vision, inspiration and healingful experience. My first role
creative guide was my father, James, a writer. Philosophical,
inventive and entertaining, he introduced the work of many
into my life, as well as other inspiring people, such as Gandhi.
1970, at the age of 15, on the strength of my drawings, I
for the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford - which
attended between the ages of seventeen and twenty. While there,
fellow student handed me a second hand copy of 'The Prophet'
Leaving art school in 1974, I then entered a lengthy 'dark
the soul' – an uncomfortable and unusual journey into
territory. Where I was within myself suddenly came into clear
early 1997. Subsequently, 1997 proved a transformational year
beginning of a process of profound self-integration. Drawn
to healing work, in 1997 I began further training - and now
support my art with parallel work as a transpersonal-integrative
counsellor/psychotherapist. This aspect of
my life's work is nourished by my intuitive and soulful awareness
artist and inner explorer.
I'm profoundly moved by this 'waking dream' of ours called
experience of 'shadow', our intuitive recognition of and longing
'light', and our souls' searching for 'home'… For me,
my life's work
finds equal expression within art and therapy, these providing
for a powerful inner journey.
You will view my drawings and paintings through the filter
of your own
being and life experience, your own associations and innermost
beliefs. So your response to my art, and to my voice, speaking
these words, will occur in the context of your own unique
dream'. When you truly 'receive', in whichever way, the process
subtle and profoundly transformative. Charged with the subtle
or 'language' of symbol and alchemy, richly infused with feeling,
images I 'see' within… move and heal my deepest being.
My wish is that
they also touch you - and move your soul.
One universally-held symbol, present in each of my pictures,
symbol of 'light': this is the light that touches, awakens
heart and soul. My journey through life has been guided by
profound sense of light… with the knowledge we are all
here in this
together, as one – as if aspects of one another.
My work is a process of building layers of colour and texture,
which images appear - and into which images merge or perhaps
disappear... like the flowing and ebbing of the tide. Like
in and out... shapes, lines and colours advance and retreat.
working, some images deepen with vibrancy... and sing, while
recline or fade to a whisper... As the picture slowly builds,
images grow in clarity, the whole thing energetically expands...
reaching out and filling the room. This effect increases as
evolves. As it does, I am less and less 'artist', more and
I have reached a profoundly exciting moment in my work as
I notice my
evolving pictures now describing the subtle shifting of experienced
dimension and energetic pattern, through the feeling form
being, symbolic archetypal image, and the universal pattern
through mandala design. Throughout this process of shifting
form and colour is one constant: always the light.
I consider my art and psychotherapy work alike, as profoundly
expressions of being, soul-to-soul – in a world where
experience is widely discounted, and where we are often expected
present our self in accordance with the largely unspoken drive
denial. As children, adults may have distracted us from feeling
hurt and shock of falling. And now adult, we have learnt well
imperative to distract ourselves from our deepest pain. Disguising
truth of our deepest being creates mass denial, separating
knowing our being and from our soul's longing for expression.
As with the relational healing conveyed through presence of
therapist, I am told the presence of my paintings inspires
profound therapeutic effect – at times bringing those
tears, and to an unexpected unblocking of the heart. The intimacy
soul-work can prove either deeply moving or psychologically
over-whelming. My pictures are clearly not for the
intellectually-detached, or for those wishing to remain entranced
desensitised by distraction and disowning of essential being.
paintings speak beyond words or concepts, in the language
of heart and