Where does your inspiration come from?
During my early years, I spent many hours within my inner world, creating and trans-forming the images that came to me. Some called me a 'dreamer'; later, some called me a 'visionary'. As time progressed, I came to realize that it was important for me was to become the conductor of my imagination. Through the development of my creativity I began to discover (and then to live) what was more my true nature. As that realization grew, each painting, each sculpture, each conversation, even the dishes became moments in the Art of 'Being' the Beauty within. My quest was to 'Beautify, Beautify, Beautify for it is the Way of the Future'.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...is a phrase often used in connection with art. Do you think there is a beauty that goes beyond the merely objective experience of art?
For me, Beauty is a quality, which leads us to the essence of all things. when an individual, any individual, touches this...one radiates 'Beauty'. There is a fundamental difference between an image of Beauty and the experience of Beauty...the first is a wish, a reflection...the other is a doorway. So to answer your question...I would say that, as each individual is uniquely different, so too is the path to his or her own doorway; who can say what that would be for another. What is important, I feel, is the path to the doorway. I can only share aspects of mine in Freedom and Respect of yours. And Hope that you will dare to walk your own adventure-to your 'Self'.
In your Biography you mentioned the Truth of Woman, can your explain what this means to you?
My pondering regarding this question has had many faces over the years...My own process has led me to say that the 'Truth of Woman' is directly related to the 'Truth of Being'. It is directly related to the 'Fire of Life'...to Infinity...to Creativity...and...to the Courage to Live from the soul's perspective within all the archetypal images we have made to be Woman...and in fact...as being Man. In fact,for me, it has become the Truth of Being Human...of Being the Good, The True & the Beautiful.
Your home in England seems to have been a real process for you in transforming it into the visual feast that we see now. Did you ever question yourself...ever think 'what am I doing here? Why am I doing this?'
Yes, I did have my moments of feeling overwhelmed. But each time, there came a special feeling of ‘knowing’. No matter how challenging it was, I knew that is was what I had to do at that moment in time...and...at that moment it was to create an environment which would reflect the ‘art’ of living’ through the ‘art’ of Creativity for all to see. At first I did not understand but I have learned to trust that feeling particularly in times when life is in the unknown. It has never let me down. And Bilsham has been a living creative experience of this for me...to trust my vision.
You seem to have a clear spiritual path. Is your spirituality reflected in your work?
How can one’s spirituality not be reflected in one’s work ? We are the Work. The Work is Me! What does inspire me is to come closer and closer to being a reflection of the work of the soul in this human personality in whatever way it radiates or manifests.
You spent a long time in the rock world with your connection to Pink Floyd. Would you say that you are now in a very different phase of your life?
I see my life as being a journey with many stages. Each coming closer to the vision that has always touched my heart….the quest for Beauty. Memories of what came before fills me with appreciation…for they have been the building blocks of what I live Now! And I say ‘Thank You’ to all of them.
Is there an idea or concept behind your work and your images?
Initially my work has been a catharsis for me…….Each painting, each sculpture, each environment has a special story that has inspired me on my way. The most significant in my journey was the creation of ‘the Song of Woman’. This opened a doorway to my inner being and gave me the courage to make it visible. At that time, I had forgotten my inner dance and its song of joy! Through her it has been restored and it sings within my heart each day. Since then I am inspired to create from this melody and to Remember.
Therefore, to me, my work seeks to speak to each of us of inner Beauty forgotten; But has never really disappeared. As one enters my work, one is bathed in the relationship of its lines dissolving into its spaces and then returning, like the sea meeting the shore and is kissed by the heavens. Then as the sun meets the shadow of the evening, the shapes move and are transformed….always touching one a new with a subtle refreshing communion with Nature's cycle of Light into Darkness and to Light again.
Now, as I walk through the corridors of my home, I feel blessed though, for me, there is no definable idea or concept just an experience I invite you to enter…A Sanctuary of the Spirit.
Now that your home is completed, what’s next for you. Do you have any immediate plans?
The completion of my own home is only the beginning. I feel it is in my blood to create inspiring environments and forms for others. Equally, I am inspired to continue to create images and forms which will empower the evolution of consciousness for Mankind and Mother Earth. But I cannot determine how this will manifest, for each commission, each vision, each cycle will be special unto itself.
I can only say, 'May the work continue' & 'May Peace be with Us,'
Many years have passed since I answered these questions. It was the beginning of my journey to Live the Beautiful, to create the Beautiful, to BE the Beautiful. Currently, I have entered a new cycle of knowing the Living God and the Love of Christ.