I first began painting fire after being evacuated from a ferocious Australian bushfire in December 2010. I found it difficult to understand how these giant fires could be so destructive with all the lives lost and all the heart-ache and pain that they cause. Gradually through painting fire I was able to overcome my fears and learned to see beauty in fire and developed a much deeper appreciation as I considered what life would be like without fire. Afterall the greatest ball of fire is the sun (the light.) These paintings were partially created with a single strand of my hair. You can see the process in the video where I was included in the Project ‘Artist by Artist’ with ABC Open and Queensland Arts Council in 2011. There was a video documentary created about my art processes which was aired on the ABC http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2011/09/27/3353170.htm
More recently as I have moved to the gorgeous West Yorkshire in England the United Kingdom I have continued to thrive on the colours and light that fire allows me the opportunity to paint. Through this subject I am able to express a deep need for colour to uplift me during the long bleak winter months. I am also drawn to painting the landscape that surrounds me and through that experience I am able to make a connection to the land and as a result find my identity here.