I had aspirations to write the most captivating, endearing About Me that I possibly could, it's been swirling around in my head along with at least twenty other ideas for amazing projects.
The plan was to wow and amaze you, it was to be filled with witty anecdotes and delightful insights, instead I guarantee you that you will find typos (spell check is used but sometimes let's me down!) and missed words, my writing style is very much 'stream of consciousness' and I've been hiding my words for way too long for fear of having my writing judged as 'non- professional' I would never want any of my clients to put off taking a creative leap for fear of judgement so here I complete with all my grammatical imperfections.
In my dream scenario, by the time you'd read to the bottom of this page you may have even decided you liked the sound of me enough to then go off and explore the rest of this site, maybe enjoying my artworks, maybe having your curiosity sparked about working with me enough to unleash your most creatively playful self!
But, no matter how long I sit here for I just can't seem to do my dream About Me page justice, it's become so overthought and caused so much procrastination now that it's time to launch this site and I still can't seem to write what I want to say.
So, I will instead share with you some lists of the things that light me up and get my creative juices flowing as a way of helping you to get to know me a bit more.
Impromptu conversations about things that matter are an absolute joy, I love that they can happen absolutely anywhere too! On a bus, with a neighbour or a stranger at a party. I've had some of my best ideas from moments like that!
Being able to help people become more intentionally creative in their businesses & lives when I work with them as coaching/mentoring clients.
New stationary and/or art supplies, a new journal always makes me happy!
Supporting anyone who self identifies as a Mother to start or reclaim their creative practice in whatever way works best for them.
My bed, I contemplated not adding this (hullo pesky 'professionalism' thoughts!) but seriously, although I'm a bit of an insomniac at times I love it when I am able to wake up and then lie in bed and
'day dream' for a bit before I have to join the real world. I went for many years not being able to do this while my children were younger but now that I can again I am VERY grateful for it!
I love learning, books just seem to 'fall' into my shopping basket, I often have several online courses on the go at any time and I have vast collections of respurces that I've loved collecting and organising. I used to see this as a bit of a useless thing to dedicate so much time to even though I loved it but it is coming into it's own these days, I LOVE sharing resources with the people I work with and creating further reading booklets to accompany my artwork is a total joy! When I hear from those who have bought my work and they tell me how much they appreciate learning about the people in their prints it makes me very, very happy.
Being able to walk alongside creative business owners as they have their new ideas, it's such a thrill to be a part of their process.
In my art practice I investigate and create auto biographical artwork discussing events and themes such as motherhood, identity, mental health and family alongside my found imagery collage work exploring women’s history and my love of the seaside towns in Kent & Sussex, I really love doing that.
That every single human on this planet has an infinite supply of creative thought power and ability within them, that we all have the basic aptitude, creativity is a learned behaviour that we can all grow and develop with practice. It isn’t limited to the visual arts, to music or writing, it’s in the way we connect the dots, invent solutions in our businesses, the way we choose to use our words to support and hold space for others. It exists in so many forms.
When we harnesses this combination of creative thinking and doing has the power to transform every area of out lives and how we see the world. I could literally talk about this subject for a long time, so if we ever meet in person feel free to start a conversation with me about it, it’s the best way to get me over my social awkwardness! 😂
Radical compassion for others - unconditional positive regard for everyone, the belief that everyone is doing their best with the tools they have.
That every human has value, no matter how they choose to live their life.
To try to adopt a curious, creative, playful mindset where ever possible, Radical Creativity is within us all.
That all feelings matter, whether they feel nice or deeply unpleasant they all matter and deserve whatever space they need.
Training for and subsequently running my first half marathon in central London which is a place I’d been to scared to visit for a number of years during a dark period of mental health.
I now use this as evidence when my brain tries to convince me that I can’t do something/something feels too big/scary.
I have very little vision in one of my eyes
I also have Aphantasia, not related to my non-working eye, which basically means I have no 'minds eye', I find it really interesting so will be writing about it more. (learn more about what that is here - (Blog post coming soon) opens in new window)
I collect vintage postcards and have over 200 in my collection now
and here are my feet... another fact about me, I'm very messy when I paint!