The creative process can be likened to a journey. In my case, it has been a journey into the forest of my own psyche. Night-time, moonlight and the fox are symbols and motifs from within this psychic forest. A new visual language has emerged through opening up to, and trusting, my intuition.
“ La selva subterránea, the underground forest, the underworld of female knowing. It is a wild world that lives under this one, under the world perceived by the ego. While there, we are infused with instinctive language and knowing.”
(Clarissa Pinkola Estes, “Women who run with the Wolves – contacting the power of the Wild Woman” pg 389)
This body of work was completed in 2014 and 2015.
The gallery bellow showcases some of the sketches, and portraits, life drawings and charcoals studies I have made between the years 2012 to 2016.
Sketching is the vocabulary of the artist. It is the space where we look and record, be that by faithfully copying that which is before us, or by a response to the moment and recording it in an immediacy that gives an energy and a feeling of the experience of being in that moment. Drawing for painters is like words for writers.
We need to constantly keep our eyes and hands in the practice of recording and interpreting whilst also using the informality of the sketchbook as a place to play.