My latest body of work appears as my Spring/Summer 2018 collection on the theme of Art & Style. I am drawn to fashion and interiors and my work follows an exploration into elements of each or both. Currently my paintings are constructed using primed stretched fabrics which serve as a backdrop to the thin and controlled application of oil paint to portray the subject. Paintings are usually constructed in two planes; the figure and the background on which they are presented and both are equally important. These two planes of the paintings are deliberately selected to work together. The paint is applied, in general, quite discretely throughout especially at the edges of the form to allow for a sense of emergence of the figure. This blurs the boundaries between the figure and the background creating a sense of cinematic drama
With focus on the lineage of portrait painting and now with figures' poses reminiscent of those from fashion shoots and catwalk shows my work bears in mind society's constraints upon women through the ages which can be seen simmering just below the surface of the figure's gaze. These paintings are an ode to the strength it takes to be considered equal and a celebration of the femininity at the heart of this strength.