My time at The Prince's Foundation School of Traditional Arts has really shaped my work and personal growth into who I am today, opening a pathway to explore and develop my work as an Artist.
I have noticed that throughout my journey there have been paths or instances that flash in front of my eyes, a sign or energy leasing me in the direction of my chosen path.
It taught me the importance of passing on the arts to future generations as it is a dying artform and one day will be lost if we do not continue to bestow the knowledge and techniques. We have to look into the past to unlock the key to knowledge and meaningful beauty.
Within these anicent teachings is the use of traditional process such as hand-made pigments (synthetic and natural), vellum painting, panel painting, gilding techniques, geometry, philosophies and the meaning and beauty behind nature and the art holden within it.
The meaning behind my work is one the most important parts within it. My ideas are inspired by old narratives and symbolism. From a very young I was always very fond of Arthurian Legends such as Legends of King Arthur and Grail Romances with Heraldic connotations. This can be seen in one of my paintings opposite which was painted for my second year at the school. This was inspired by The Legend of the Fleur De Lys from The Bedford Book of Hours (1414-1443). This particular Illuminated painting first appeared in my life after reading a book called The Holy Blood and The Holy Grail by Henry Lincoln (1982).
One of my main inspirations for a lot of my work is the Godess Artemis, The Huntress, and the animals she protects, these being the Stag and the Bee which can be seen extensively throughout my pieces.