HeARTwork is a venture I set up in 2011 after giving up teaching Art to concentrate on my personal creative endeavours.
I sell and exhibit in Peterborough (Art in the Heart), Brighton (Hotel Pelirocco) and my website. Last year I exhibited at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London. This is the building where much ADHD research takes place and the filming of a recent (April 2017) 'Horizon' ADHD documentary featuring Rory Bremner took place. Coincidentally my artwork was in the background in one scene, if you blinked you would have missed it.
I also run workshops and have am heavily involved with projects for the charity ‘Little Miracles’ who specialise in supporting children with special needs. I currently run 1 - 1 support sessions for parents of children recently diagnosed with ADHD.
Although I trained as a Graphic Fine Artist specialising in Photography, I would say my specialism is now ‘Mixed Media’. It’s an ideal definition for an artist with ADHD who doesn’t want to fit into any box and limit themselves to unnecessary constraints.
An emphasis on colour, texture and scale is apparent in all my work, along with repeated symbolism that corresponds with my memory and incessant need to express myself visually. My art is a good insight into an ADHD mind, and how the subconscious and conscious constantly fight for attention producing layer upon layer of thoughts, ideas and emotions. It may be confusing to some, but I am often confused too. This is ADHD.
My work is about everything and nothing....I work intuitively from the conception of the idea through to the completion of the final piece. My creative process is tied up with my need to use art as a therapeutic tool to release my tangled thoughts.
Being self employed is wonderful and awful all at the same time.....I love the freedom of not having to answer to anyone but myself, however, I am my own worst critic and I can be hard on myself. My perfectionist streak constantly battles with my ADHD impulsiveness ...as a result I rarely switch off. Life is work, work is life.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions about the artwork.