I started painting some ten years ago , as a therapeutic activity, but I have never had any formal training. I am a garden designer by profession, and I have been creative since my childhood. There is a particular buzz which comes from making something without any external help, and if others like what you have done, the pleasure is increased.
Even in these tough times, nature is always inspiring, and the world is colourful and full of uplifting detail. This is what I hope will come through in my work. I don’t have a sense of artistic direction which I feel compelled to follow for months at a time. I like experimenting with different styles and media. I’m a great one for recycling and re-using, and it gives me satisfaction to re-use the cardboard packaging from the endless deliveries of 2020 as material on which to paint, or to rip up and use in a collage.
My great grandfather was a French painter and writer called Auguste Bréal, who trained under Gustave Moreau and was a good friend of Matisse. Growing up our house was full of beautiful paintings and I learnt early on how paintings offer windows into other worlds. I really enjoy finding the right place to hang a new painting , and then seeing how it alters that space, and it gives me huge pleasure to know that my art can do this for other people too.