In my evolution from student through working woman to mother of children
and onwards to family manager and working mother I have always found
some time to make art and to share the process with my nearest and
dearest. By definition this happens in fits and starts and until only
recently it has always been greatly dependent on external factors beyond
my immediate control. Nevertheless the many drawings and paintings that
I still have in my possession today confirm that I have always been
unusually fascinated with teardrops spirals and lemniscates.
On entering Art School as a mature student I was encouraged to explore
my thoughts in the context of the history of art generally and critical
art theory as recorded by others. It will come as no surprise to others
who have ventured down this path to realise that it has been well
trodden by many a famous forerunner not least Leonardo da Vinci himself
who understood it in the context of the divine proportion. It is of
course also central to many academic treatises on the golden section or
the route five rectangle. For me it remains a thing of beauty which I
continue to see in nature on a daily basis whether in the shape of sea
shells on the beach at Staithes or in a bowl of fruit or a freshly cut
Today I am uncommonly well read on the subject of this ‘sacred knowledge’ a combination of science, nature and spirituality. I now appreciate that it determines the growing organic form of most things from the bone structure of small animals to the geological forms of oceans meeting land masses. I am no mathematician but I do now appreciate that when I observe fractals in nature they are all hand in glove with Fibonacci sequences, natural logarithms, sine waves and hyperbolic curves.
That said, my interest is driven by the nature that surrounds me; the process of change and the development of an organism is endlessly fascinating. I am drawn ever further into an artist’s exploration of that process.