I’m from Kent, England and consider myself to be an outsider/armature artist. I like to portray a slightly unsettling vibe in an otherwise calm environment. This is due to the fact that I am comforted by the odd elements of life as well as the beauty the world has to offer. Twice a week for two years I visited a resident at St. John Care home in Tankerton. This was to help her achieve her goals with her own personal art. Her daughter employed me privately from 2018 to 2020 and she really benefitted from these sessions as she suffered from brain damage and was a former art teacher. Her favourite medium was acrylic on canvas so that’s what we used and I still use it to this day.
About My Work
I struggle with body image and use painting as a way to combat that. I do this by using my body as reference for all the figures in my work. This allows me to see myself in a different light as momentarily I am no longer concerned with how other people see me, I’m just interpreting my own self. I change features such as gender, skin tone, weight, muscle etc. so that I can include lots of different beautiful bodies in my art. However, I still get a sense of putting my physical form into my work as well as my emotional self. I experience thoughts of self doubt and self criticism however the response I get from sharing my art is overwhelmingly positive which is so validating and inspires me to create more.
Lady Garden, 2020
Normal Ben, 2020
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All photographs courtesy of Caitlin Walton
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