Pool Side – Swimming in my paintings
My children were learning to swim and I sat by the pool watching them being held up by the water. I cannot swim and this detachment increased my fascination of how they moved, floated and finally began to swim so beautifully through the water.
There have been many discussions about the significance of me not being able to swim but none are negative, quite the contrary. I feel that it is as a result of this fact that I have found so many ways of inventing marks, shapes and colours to empathise with the sensation through the paint.
I have learnt to swim in my paintings, embracing improvisation in a way that I have never done in other paintings. Having the courage to ‘dive in’ to the subject – ‘the subject’ being the paintings.