GRAPHIC ARTIST & PHOTOGRAPHER
From an early age, my mother made sure that my sister and I were exposed to the arts. She always taught us to listen to music with our eyes closed and look up at buildings in the city. Thanks to her appetite for artefacts, books and music, I became aware of people such as Frank Lloyd Wright, The Beatles and Erté. Not a bad start to a life of creativity.
School brought up a mixture of pain and joy and furthered my involvement with art and music. I found my love of symmetry and precision in Technical Drawing and my mind ran free around the world in Geography.
Mods, Skinheads, Punks and New Romantics began to shape my early teens and allowed me to express myself through fashion and dancing. Nightclubs and Discotheques continue to be special places for me. The excitement and energy of people coming together to dance and show off is intoxicating. Thanks to London’s legendary nightclubs Heaven, The Fridge and Turmills, I found more sources of inspiration in new music and visuals.
As l made my way through early adulthood, life turned and twisted. I fell in love in Barcelona and moved there to be with my partner. I was living between the Catalan capital and Glasgow, where I was attending college. This was a period where I felt plunged into a deep pool of artistic inspiration. I broadened my appreciation of genres in art and cinema, I was absorbed with the exquisite art of Flamenco and I began to piece together a map of who I was artistically.
In 2001, my sister Kitty Finegan and I started an on line gallery called PopChoc. We represented a selection of superb artists based in Barcelona and Brighton at some of the UK’s prestigious art fairs. Being around inspiring art on a regular basis prompted me to get back on my own path which has brought me to where I am now.
Influential creatives that have made an impact on my life and work include Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret McDonald, the Bauhaus movement, Joan Brossa, Mark Wardel, Pedro Almodóvar, Depeche Mode, James Rosenquist and Zaha Hadid.
Liberty Gallery Brighton