I am interested in the elemental qualities and feelings experienced in nature. I immerse myself in the wild places of Devon and Cornwall, to paint en plein air, catching the fleeting, sensory, poetic qualities of light, colour and the raw feelings of wonder that the elements bring.

 

In my Vipassana meditation practice, on retreat many years ago, I experienced total immersion into an all encompassing joy, like a dissolution into the nature of being, which has remained with me ever since. In author Byron Katie's book 'A Thousand Names for Joy, How to live in Harmony with the way things are' she writes of thas going beyond thoughts to experience simply what is. As she explains "reality is simple... it's whatever's in front of you, whatever is happening. When you argue with it you lose. It hurts not to be a lover of what is".

Ross Adewumni interviewing the American poet Ross Gay about his 'Book of Delights' elaborates on this approach to joy, 'One of the things he (Ross) discovered is the mechanics of how to find delight everyday as a discipline. Because delight doesn't just arrive, you need to go actively looking for it'. Ross found through experience that this requires 'being in a state of trying to train your curiosity and trying to train this sense of not knowing. Delight and curiosity are  really tied up. You have to be okay with not knowing things. You have to be actually invested and happy about not knowing things'. Eventually Gay eloquently put forward his most elegant theory of what delight and joy are 'I just had an image. Delight is like butterflies flying around and landing on the thing that is joy'. However, he says, grown up joy is also made up of our sorrow, just as it is made up of what is pleasing to us. And another important aspect to delight and joy are that they're also an invitation. By loving something we allow other people an opportunity to love it too.

Embracing this practice of curiosity and wonder, I explore the secluded places of Dartmoor, the rivers and coast. There I find freedom and delight through reconnecting with the pulse of the land, the wonderfully spontaneous rhythms and tempos and the exuberant vitality of nature. This quality of presence, simply being with whatever is emerging, from the most simple and mundane moment to the most dramatic, reveals that there are indeed a thousand names for joy.

My passion for the visual arts has led me to the following qualifications and experience:
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MA Fine Art.

Plymouth University, 2012.

BA (hons) Fine Art. 2.1

Plymouth University, 2010.

European BodySoul Rhythms

Leadership Training Program.

Marion Woodman Foundation, Leadership using Jungian analysis, dreamwork, arts, mask, dance and voice studied in Uk, Switzerland and Canada.

 

Post Graduate Diploma in

Documentary Photography

University of Wales, Cardiff.

Diploma in Performance Coaching in Business.

Newcastle College.

 

Photographic Master Classes 

with Magnum photographers,

Maine Photographic Studios, Rockport, Maine, U.S.A.

 

Landmark Education, London

Self development and communications programmes. Introductory Forum Leader, Self Expression and Leadership Programme - Head Coach in Devon.

My work also explores social issues affecting the land,
individuals and communities.
(For more information on my work please visit
under-lined links)

Creative Coaching.

private practise offering creative approaches to personal development.

 

do-Be-do.

founder and partner: business development embracing the being and doing of business

using arts, mask, dance and narrative.

(Members of Institute of Leadership and Management).

 

Wildfire.

rights of passage courses using creativity for girls and women. 

founder of voluntary group, including fund-raising, co-ordination, progam design and facilitation of self development courses combining arts and adventure run by

therapists and artists for women and girls throughout South Wales.

 

Freelance Photojournalist.

specialising in editorial work, social documentary and workshops.

 

Professional sailor, chef and 

P.A.D.I Scuba diving Instructor

for 15 + years co-managing large private yachts throughout the Caribbean, Bahamas, Bermuda, U.S.A, Canada and the Mediterannean including France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Yugoslavia and Turkey.

 

Higher National Diploma in

Hotel, Catering and 

Institutional Management,

Cheltenham, 1981

took me to 5* Hotels in London and then to Bermuda.



 

Awards:

Devon Life Landscape Artist of the Year Finalist 2018

M.I.N.D Millennium Award

for the " Art of Transition ".

 

TV-AM Tom Hopkinson Award

for photojournalism. 

 

Memberships:

 

Devon Artists Network

Contemporary Mark Makers

 

Other Interests:

Five Rhythms dance,

Vipassana Meditation,

Travel,

Hiking,

Praying.

It doesn't have to be
the blue iris, it could be

weeds in a vacant lot; or a few

small stones; just
pay attention, then patch

 

a few words together and don't try

to make them elaborate, this isn't

a contest but the doorway
into thanks, and a silence in which

another voice may speak.

Mary Oliver

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