What is my work all about?
The majority of my work is abstract and comes from within – it is a pure expression of my feelings, and is therefore hard to describe in words! Communication is really important to me, and I feel that this is what my work is all about. By putting down my feelings, I am communicating with myself – I’m continuously getting to know myself and how I feel through making my artwork. It is a very personal experience.
But then I really enjoy the conversations I have with other people about my work. Seeing what they see and how they respond to my abstract work is fascinating – we all perceive things so differently.
And a lot of my work is done in parts, like a conversation that continues over time. I will quite often draw a fine line drawing, and then come back to it at a later date and paint into it with watercolours. Plus I have a large stash of work that I will use to paint, draw or cut into, making painted collages. I don’t really recycle anything as most pieces have the potential to become something else.
I have a lot of variety in my artwork too – working with mostly acrylics, Japanese watercolours, and fine line pen and collage. But sometimes I like to mix it up a bit and use charcoal, ink and other materials. I’m very much driven by what I feel like using at the time.
I need to make art just as much as I want to make art, and it makes my hands tingle when I think about creating something! It is an escape from the world, and a way to focus purely on being curious and having fun for 5 minutes or 2 hours.
I am a self taught artist. I studied an Art Foundation course after school, and then History of Art at University (studying other people’s artwork rather than making my own!). But after this I had a long gap of creating work, other than attending the odd evening course, and painting the occasional painting, until I picked up my art materials 7 years ago. And I have been making art, in my own self-developed way, ever since. And I’m so glad I did!
Some other (interesting) facts about me…..
- I am intrigued and motivated by personal development (I have worked in learning and development for 5 years and am also a life coach) – and am always looking for ways to learn and grow, and to help others do the same. And this comes in really handy when running my beginners art classes.
- I was not keen on my new married surname, but fell in love with it when I realised it was spelled Be-In-Art – which seemed highly appropriate to me and my art classes business!
- I also like running (the most interesting run I have done to date is a 10k in Ethiopia and I’m currently trying to get up to 20 miles, and possibly a marathon), cooking for people (I’m the queen of salads apparently), snuggling up with a good book, meeting new people and exploring.