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Each body of work begins as a series of large and small scale rough sketches and finished drawings. These drawings are worked on for an extensive period of time before moving to the paintings.
The drawings adhere to traditional principles at the outset and then gradually move away into a more imaginative and individual style.
The drawings later form the basis for the canvases, but only as a preliminary structure, from which, like the drawings, the paintings take a more individual direction.
The paintings are a mixture of traditional paint techniques and colour, set against more contemporary uses of application. There are within the paintings references to specific past masters and contemporary artist's personal styles. These are taken by the artist and included within her own individual language.
The final result is a mixture of abstracted and graphic imagery, some with reference to organic forms and symbols and others to no specific reference at all. These sit together usually in a painterly landscape of their own.