Welcome to my blog. Here I will be journaling my life as an artist. All of the highs and lows, challenges and pleasures, obstacles and hopefully successes. Please join me as I share my musings and ruminations, intertwining my everyday life with my thoughts and experiences of the world, of art, insight into my own processes, my relationship with mental health and the business of making art. I hope it will be a journey worth following!




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 18 July 2023

 It is always surprising when you get to my age, and discover something about yourself that, as in this case, was always there but is now explained. I have always believed that, rightly or wrongly, we do not surpass a certain mental age. This may fuel the fire of the commonly experienced imposter syndrome. I know that there are times when my kids say ‘Dad’ and I have to pinch myself out of some teenage mindset and bring myself back into a responsible stance.

 In a post enlightenment world where certain belief systems have been considered naïve, superstitious, or childlike I find myself still leaning towards a predisposition for accrediting random objects with sentience, with imbuing features of my life which may be landscape, natural or even manmade objects, with character. This can be taken further with the sense that spirits exist within a landscape or the objects within it. This has quietly survived within me, on a subconscious level since childhood. It is not uncommon for children to unknowingly practice the belief of Animism. It is one of the many facets of innocence which we seem, as a society, to be driven to smother as quickly as possible. 

One of my favourite films is the Studio Ghibli classic animation ‘Spirited away’. This introduced me to the Japanese belief of the existence of spirits within almost everything and the respect with which they are honoured. It also triggers a sentimentalism for my childhood which was filled with imaginary wonder and characters which I projected onto the objects around me. Something I have seen my own children do and which I feel naturally protective and defensive of on their behalf. 

  Last week we holidayed in beautiful Cornwall, a place I was lucky enough to live in during the majority of my twenties. It is a place, like Scotland, which is deeply rooted in its Celtic and Pagan history with a beautiful natural landscape which makes it easy to conjure up images of past lives and fantastical creatures. One of the tourist hotspots that we visited was the Tintagel Castle. Purported to be the place of conception for King Arthur. It is described as having a spiritual essence. Once you have past the main village and make the journey down the steep incline and across the impressively constructed metal bridge you step onto the small, rugged outcrop that once housed this royal dwelling. For those Harry Potter fans out there it is easy to imagine Dumbledore discovering on of the Horcrux amongst the dark sea caves that lie beneath. It is a unique and impressive landscape, not for the faint hearted and definitely not for any unfortunate vertigo sufferers.

 As always art has its part to play in creating an impact as, keeping guard over the island’s legacy, stands the ethereal bronze sculpture of ‘Gallos’ often associated with King Arthur, holding what could be Excalibur, emanating a sombre hooded mood. It is a sculpted piece of metal created by Rubin Eynon. 

My instinct is to let my imagining take it further. To give this manmade object spirit and character as he symbolises resolution, hardiness against the elements, a sombre nobility and sense of protection. From a personal perspective I feel that by allowing these animist sentiments to flow, the nature of our environment changes dramatically. Succumbing to the power of our commonly suppressed inner child only serves to elevate our experience of the natural world beyond taxonomy, materialsim and pragmatism. It transforms physical objects into narrative, which results in a more uplifting and spiritual experience. Art only serves as a conduit to heighten our senses and further allows us to be elevated beyond shadows and dust.

 One of the other highlights was our visit to the Eden project. I remember when it was first completed. The incredible bubble biodomes and the ethos, which has remained intact, behind its conception. Now the plant life is established and flourishing with new areas in development. At times we felt like we were in a truly alien environment reminding us of the vast diversity of life, of which we are such a small part. You also can’t fail to notice the ominous nature of almost all the information posters, constantly referring to loss of natural habitats and the locust like impact we are having on our planet. It seems prophetic now that we enjoyed the Mediterranean Dome, reminiscing about our holidays to Greece only to return home to news that this whole area of Europe is catching fire.

 It was here, within the art exhibition where I came across the word – Animism. A small epiphany but significant all the same. The description given read ‘A way of relating to the world that attributes sentience to other beings that may include persons, animals, plants, spirits, the environment and forces of nature like the ocean, winds, sun or moon.’ On further research I realised that this kind of belief system has existed and predates most others. What some people may now describe as naïve or childlike exists within indigenous peoples all over the world and is born from a deep connection with the environment. A connection which increasingly seems to be disappearing as we lose respect for our symbiotic existence. 

 Ultimately, the guilt I have carried for feeling childlike in a world where adulthood is often unfathomable to me. Where we commonly deny our childlike instincts in order to supress our sense of imposter syndrome. That particular guilt has diminished a little in the knowledge that my animist sentiments are part of a much wider community that has existed for millennia. I have also realised that they reach into the heart of artistic endeavour which is to take the material world and strive to recast it into the spiritual. To offer others a conduit into their imaginations and reignite our untainted childish sentiments. 



After The Dust Settles

 7 July 2023

   On Tuesday we decommissioned my first ever exhibition. 

It was a gift, that I wasn’t expecting, to be asked to produce work for an exhibition. A catalyst event which handed me a timeline, always useful if you are prone to procrastination, and gave me a purpose which drove me into the business end of the Art Street.

The Allegorical Forest

 26 June 2023

I decided to create my blog to journal my journey in art. Of course, this would not have happened if not for several significant factors which led me to put pencil to paper and fingertips to keys. The most significant of these has been my mental health. I hope and believe that one of the most effective treatments for this is open and honest dialogue which allows others to find solace or reassurance in the commonalities they may find there. 

Making Your Mark

 19 June 2023

    What is a mark? Is it as simple as applying one material to another. ‘To make your mark. To leave an impression’. Mark making seems to be the most instinctive of things to do. In all realms of life. Whatever our action we are constantly leaving an impression, affecting our environment, or creating a connection. 

The Ebb and Flow of  

 12 June 2023

    For anyone who creates, releasing their work into the public domain requires an element of courage and self-belief. But where does self-belief come from? And is it the same for everyone? It is something that permeates every aspect of our lives. So how do we regain it if it has been robbed from us?

The Trouble with Exposure

06 June 2023

The trouble with exposure,

     Once you have unearthed that thing, that thing which pervasively ticks away metronomically like a perpetual clockwork toy, incessantly challenging you, absorbing and engaging you, frustrating you and providing you with an itch you must scratch, what do you then do with the results of your efforts?

The Committed Pencil

29 May 2023

The act of commitment gives us purpose, motivation and a reason to move forwards. It requires consideration as, if it is seen through to fruition, it will lead to an outcome, a mark, a change of something - somewhere.

The Art of Wizardry

22 May 2023

‘What is the Point of art?’

 Let me preface this article by saying that I am not about to attempt to, and I’m definitely not qualified to, answer such a deeply philosophical question. 

Art as a habit

Why do we repeatedly set ourselves challenges and goals? Maybe it’s the knowledge that we are creatures of habit and that the body softens or callouses in equal measure, depending upon the repeated nature of our actions. 

Apophenia and Tree blossom

01 May 2023

Apophenia: the tendency to perceive a connection or meaningful pattern between unrelated or random things. www.meriam-webster.com

Global Connections

24th April 2023

As an Artist how do I get my work seen and my voice heard? There are many ways to do this, some more traditional and others ever evolving......  Click on link below to read article.

In the beginning......

17th April 2023

And so, the journey begins. Let me introduce you to my story so far.... Click on the Link below to read the full article.