Perhaps because I am an immigrant – born and brought up in England, but living in the US for over half my life – I come back to familiar themes over and over again when I’m working, revisiting them like old friends: innocence and loss; being rooted in the past, rebirth. These themes feel even more relevant today as our optimism in life and faith in our future is tested. The global pandemic has changed our world, forced us all to slow down and take stock of what is most important to us. My newest body of work, ‘Sunshine for Dreaming’, reflects a hope that, in the post-pandemic world, we can hold onto the deepened personal connections forged during lockdown and the appreciation for so many of the everyday things that we had always taken for granted. That we can remember what it’s like to feel childlike wonder and be just plain happy. After many years working as a graphic designer, my interest in pursuing mixed media grew out of a desire to make art ‘the old-fashioned’ way, applying various media by hand and brush. I strive to let go of preconceived ideas and allow my subconscious to guide me – a process that can be almost meditative. I usually start a piece having little or no idea of where it will go. Creating texture through the materials I use. Painting with watercolor, unpredictable and almost uncontrollable. Layering papers and working into them with acrylics and washes, oil pastels, colored pencils; then scraping away and sanding, adding more layers of color and texture on top. Combining words and images – type and printed ephemera, such as old papers, books and magazines, sheet mu sic, and fabrics — with rich textures and colors to create pieces that are both thoughtful and provocative.