I’m an artist. I have been since I was four. No choice.
I always was the crazy creative kid – I could draw anything, make anything, with anything. (Picasso had his Blue period, I had my Masking Tape Animals period.)
I fell into wicca, witchcraft and goddess spirituality at 13 years old or so, inspired along by Mizz magazine (! It’s a trashy teenage magazine. Who knew?). Witchcraft and Goddess Spirituality has been really important to me since then, but for years I never told anyone. It was my shameful little secret.
I went to University to study Fine Art, and I wanted to paint goddesses, but I didn’t. I didn’t yet have the courage to stand up for my beliefs and explain them in my art. See, at art school, there needed to be reasons behind what I created. I needed to be able to discuss my art with my tutors and lecturers, but I wasn’t ready for my beliefs and the things I value and hold so tightly on to to be challenged. So I ended up painting mermaids instead. Mermaids are so much easier to discuss than God. Mermaids are awesome.
The end of university was a horrible horrible experience for me, and on top of that, I was completely burnt out from months of 10-11 hour days of painting and then essay writing on top of it. So I refused to paint any more.
A year later, I picked up my paintbrush, and since then I have been on a slow journey to rediscover art and how much I love it. Because, I’d forgotten.
Now, I paint goddesses and mermaids. Almost exclusively. I want to paint what is meaningful to me, I want to paint subjects I can be passionate about. I create images of the Goddess in her honour, I paint mermaids to inspire me and others (because they are so freakin’ awesome), I draw fishes and use messy paints and stick flowers and glitter on everything because I CAN.
It really has taken me a long time to get to this place in my art, and I think wherever I am going with it, I’m not quite there yet. I’m still not sure what to do with it or how it fits in. But that’s OK. Life has a tendency of all working out in the end.
While I’m figuring out what to do with my arty skillz, I sell art prints and create bespoke paintings for people via my Etsy shop, Soul of the Sea (It’s called that because mermaids rule!).