Artist statement

My art practice and writing of poetry are explorations which contemplate the life force or positive energy which connects and permeates all things.  Creating an expression of such reflections through art & poetic practice. Underpinning my art and poems is Buddhist philosophy and practice.

I connect strongly with nature.  And have an underlying awareness of the environmental issues facing our world.  I feel the need for us to develop our way of life to be much more in tune with nature and to be far more equitable towards other species. Something the experience of living through the Covid-19 pandemic has served to highlight further and underline. And embrace taking personal responsibility and making changes in our daily life, as a route for positive change.

As an artist and poet, when I work, I reflect upon the deep and sometimes personal questions which can absorb our emotional and spiritual landscapes. I contemplate fundamental questions about life. Reflecting on what life is, and about love and relationships. And I wonder about ways we can we bring out the best in ourselves and others. How we can live to create more environmental balance. And how we can encourage kindness, equanimity and peace in the world.  Essential questions which affect us all. In the understanding that our responses to these central questions in life, will affect everything in our own world, our children’s world, their children’s also and so on…

I paint with a love of colour, abstraction and line, inspired by contemplating the inter-connection between oneself and everything in life.  The idea of nothing being separate, based on the Buddhist concept of Esho Funi.  For me, the paintings are maps of the way inner & outer worlds relate through the highest state of life.  At times expressed with gentleness and quietude, and sometimes, with bold, effervescent energy. 

These preoccupations are present in both my art and poems, in glimpses, reflections, metaphors and shadows. For me art and poetry are like, a face peering down into the deep stillness of the water, that is the black-calm of a lake… one reflects the other, perfectly.

Above all I endeavour to create art and poetry, underpinned by a philosophy of hope which promotes peace, balance and tranquility in our world. And my art practice and verses echo udanas, or inspired utterances, which come from deep within.

Key words – art, poems, nature, buddhism, Esho Funi, abstraction,