Conservatism is the new avant garde. The least shocking is the most shocking.
I won’t apologise for being a decorative artist, or kitsch, or indulgent in beauty. The period of art designed to shock is over, relegated to the nineties and the YBAs. Even Damien Hirst is painting now, and Michael Landy is drawing meticulously weeds growing through cracks in pavements. My work is pure soft indulgence in what I love, and what is true to my heart. I have never tried to be a trendy, ironic or ‘cool’ artist.
I love Grayson Perry for his pantomime transvestism, and his true British eccentricity. His work is conceptual meets craft, and he is in love with the decorative, and is seduced by it. For me Grayson is the artist for the millenium and beyond. He has the perfect accent, estuarian. I love what he represents and how he works.
As for me, I continue to paint mermaids and goddesses and magical, surreal landscapes, with a touch of kitschy new-age spirituality. I love art, and I can’t not make it. I am compelled, and I am happy making it. My work is definitely anti-intellectual.
I am interested in both conventional, and unconventional notions of beauty. Yes I love beauty in all it’s forms and I continue to paint what is beautiful to me, without apology.