Delighted to be showing selected works from the 'Personal Maps' series, at the wonderful Alexandria Library, Wilmslow Road, Manchester from October until December 2017.
Thank you for visiting my website. Art is something which gives meaning to my life and enables me to look beyond the ordinary, expressing ideas and feelings that I hope resonate with others.
I was born in Crete and have lived in England since my early teens. I taught art for many years in a variety of settings, undertook research and developed curricular materials which sought to broaden schools educational offer and to encompass a global perspective. I have worked in school leadership teams, and most recently as a head teacher. I carried on painting throughout my career and since 2015 I have been fortunate to be able to dedicate my time to making art.
Cultural Geography and History are significant sources of inspiration as well as broader global events, politics, gender, religion and human relationships. I know after many years of making art that if it is not felt in the heart, it will not look or feel right on paper.
The main concepts in my work are time and our distinct or shared beliefs. I am interested in the way these elements interact, creating wonder and other times chaos. Some of my work is purely personal, expressing what moves me, what I love, or feel strongly about. Some of my subjects are people and places that I have known or which appeal to me on a spiritual or aesthetic level.
I also paint people whose lives are known to me only by conjecture and by virtue of our shared humanity. Other times the commentary alludes to the state of the world, as in my series of works entitled 'Songs from my Father' where the beautiful lyrics and innocuous images refer to mass migration and human conflict.
I try to understand and express what it feels like to be part of an ephemeral, complex, beautiful and sometimes challenging and painful continuum. I hope that something here will speak to you.
THE STUDIO IN POTAMIES, CRETE
THE STUDIO IN THE UK, CULTURAL QUARTER LEICESTER LE1 1QG
Image and link above takes you to a recently completed annotated collection of my printed works on 'maps'.(February 2017.)
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I studied Fine Art at Trent University in Nottingham where I specialised in painting and printing. Although I mainly paint and have sustained my practice throughout my teaching career, I have found that being a member and having a studio at the Leicester Print Workshop have been important in helping me to re-establish my printing practice. I also work in wood, sculpt and I occasionally make automata.
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