I have always had a fascination with history and local myths, like the green man. It interests me that the way people lived before we were here was so very different to ours, their believes, their environment, their rituals and the knowledge they possessed. My work includes a lot of narrative with figures taking centre stage.
A woman’s role in history was totally different to mine today, the way woman have been portrayed in Art through the ages has always been with a male gaze, purely to satisfy a male’s appetite. I am trying through my work to portray characters as women, not objects just women who lived everyday lives and then died. To capture their emotional response to things that happened to them through no fault of their own.
Our knowledge of plants growing in British woodlands and hedgerows is lost, the properties that one plant has could do harm and good. The myths and legends with the powers they hold goes back centuries, I incorporated this into a lot of my work, exploring the connection to the character.