If I could do magic, I would turn everything into art, colour and shape. I'm not a magician but I think about art all day long and love to express myself through my work, guided by music and my feelings at the time.
It all started at a very young age although I'm not sure everyone was impressed - at the age of seven, I decided to better understand a 3D painting exhibited by an artist in Montmartre, Paris, by exploring it with my fingers. He was not happy and I don't recommend it!
Although a bit of a rebel in my young age, I didn't manage to persuade my parents to let me study art and turned to languages instead.
I am a determined person and, having always been passionate about art, I had already decided that one day I would fulfil my ambition. My brother proudly says that I have a "un caractère
I briefly attended the Ecole Nationale d'Art de Cergy-pontoise in France before moving to England, where I studied at the Bournemouth & Poole College of Art & Design. I focused on printmaking, textiles, mixed media and life drawing. I learnt exciting techniques working alongside John Liddell, a well-known local artist and founder of Poole Printmakers.
Since then I have moved on to encaustic art and this is my favourite medium today. I was lucky enough to attend the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown, USA in 2103 to hear about the latest creative techniques.
I love working with this medium and exploring its limitless possibilities. One idea leads to another and my art develops through a mixture of conceptual ideas and free-flow creativity as I work.
My outlook on art is characterised in two quotes.
From Picasso: "Every child is an artist. The problem is to remain an artist once it grows up" and from Robert H Schuller: "Problems are not stop signs, they are guidelines".
I have exhibited at various venues, including the Manhattan Graphic Centre in New York with Poole Printmakers as well as in other galleries in Southampton and the South West of England. I have also taken part in the Shards Art Exhibition at the Bournemouth International Centre for the last three years.
If you want to learn more about encaustic wax, do not hesitate to email me as I run workshops on an ad hoc basis.
Hope you like my art as much as I enjoyed making it!