In early 2013 I was introduced to soft pastel. At my very first class the teacher asked why I was there and what I wanted to learn. My response was simple ‘can’t draw people or animals’. Over the coming months I practiced weekly, reserving my fun messy pastels to my Wednesday morning class. I finally decided to set up a permanent corner in my living room so I could paint every day. I have never been known for my patience and the fact that I can take a picture and create something beautiful in a short space of time really appeals to me. I get excited at the prospect of starting another piece, so the sparkle of my inner child continues to feed my motivation.
When I am doing any piece of artwork I am totally in the moment. Through personal experience I know nothing brings you back into your body quicker than pain or immersing yourself in your passion, and I know which one I would rather experience! To me, art is so much more than visual. Being in that creative space gives my life balance and an opportunity to stop and just be. I am evolving from the inside out and it reflects not only in my work but throughout my life. This medium has allowed me to explore acrylic paints and pencils in a way I never thought was possible, and guess what? I can draw people and animals, I just needed the right guidance and lots of practice.
Time Lapse video of Oreo the Cavoodle