Because at school it was my first love. I cannot, and never have been able to, draw from life be it landscapes or people: it used to drive my art teacher mad. My ‘O’ level piece, if I remember rightly, was either a Surrealist Pear or a Moped crash helmet. I did a year of ‘A’ level but I gave it up - now over 40 years later here I am mixing up art, crystals and riddles. My Dad taught me to stipple and I try to incorporate that in some of the pictures. My Mum, when I was at Junior school, once drew Confucius for a project I was doing. My exercise book came back with a star and the comment 'well done Mum'. So somewhere in my genes there are artists in one form or another. My love of poems, riddles and rhymes comes from my Nan whose poetry books I still have.
If it has to be categorised! It is an eclectic mix of abstract & surrealism, I draw without any preconceived ideas; I just put pen to paper, let my hand go where it wants, fill it in with colour and then add crystals to the outside of the glass. The best thing about what I do is that people see totally different things in the pictures to each other including me! The original pictures I sell are one offs but I will be printing some of them off and re-colouring them. So hand-finished framed limited editions. I take commissions but I haven't a clue what you will get - one of my clients wanted an 'angel' he got a fairy! Luckily he loved it. I can be restricted if you want though to a colour palette for instance of say greens or reds and names can also be hidden in them.
You will see totally different things in the pictures to each other as I said including me! I draw - you will interpret. Many of them look like one thing but when you turn them on their side or upside down they become something else. They are really good for clearing your mind - trying to find things in them stops you from thinking about other things. Think of a really easy form of meditation that just might give you the answers you are seeking. They can be hung anyway - which ever pleases you most – your choice. The riddles and rhymes come out of nowhere, usually at the end sometimes during, when I look at the finished picture and the words flow - hence Crystal Riddle Artwork©, but don't let my words restrict your imagination.
If you click on the four drawings below you will see how they looked when they were finished
I have sourced some really lovely hand made Pewter/Charcoal wooden frames from Midland Fine Arts in Kidderminster, and most will be double mounted - the inner mount will reflect colours in the picture. The size of the frame will be approx twice the size of the paper the artwork is drawn on, and they will come with four fixings so you can choose which way up you want to hang it. They also come with an individually printed Certificate of Authenticity which contains the individual riddle/rhyme for that picture. The paper I work with is an off-white colour but sometimes the photographs give them strange hues.
Please click below for my Portfolio - these are just a few - if you would like to see anymore or would like to commission one - please ask. I have also designed The Crystal's Song Meditation Cards.