'No Matter How Chaotic, All The Way To Heaven Is Heaven. A Taoist Meditation Diagram.'
As an interior architect and Feng Shui professional, I work with the energy of form, both human built and nature formed. This Yang way of living and working in the world is balanced by a Yin way of being. As an artist I am pulled to express what I am seeing with a deeper, or perhaps Higher part of myself. I feel inspired to paint the energetics I feel, both seen and unseen; landscapes, archetypes, mythology, Qi flows, weather, nature’s patterns.
In my Yang work I utilise an exactness of scale, accurate compass readings. Time is important and technology is vital. In my Yin work I am flowing and not controlling. I am led by the unseen. I often paint with plain water first, dropping in the paint later. I cannot see what I am doing but the art is forming this way, in reverse. It is for this reason too that I use masking fluid, use negative space, starting with the paper that will not be painted. For all these reasons I choose to work in watercolour, water is life, water is bigger than me.
In Chinese metaphysics, water is one of the Five Elements. Pigment is of the Earth Element. The paper I use is made of cotton, which is of the Wood Element. Metal cuts the paper I uses and many of my tools are of this Element. The Fire Element, combined with Earth, creates the pigments that are mined from the earth… my artworks combine all Five Elements.
I like to use collected rain or holy water, cruelty free paintbrushes and as of 2019, vegan handmade paper. Having abandoned painting for many years, I took it up again after a resurgence in my creativity occurred in 2014. It is now part of my own ‘living well’ way of being in the world. I regularly draw, sketch and paint. The works on paper you can buy here are original, contemporary, watercolour abstracts. My work has been sold around the world. The works on paper you can buy here are original, contemporary, watercolour abstracts. My work has been sold around the world, thanks so much! I'm now a member of the Visual Artists of Ireland.