Contemporary dance fuels me as a painter by presenting beautiful, passionate, emotional, and extraordinary movements of the body in space. Often relying upon memory, my work re-imagines dance sequences that I have experienced emotionally as well as visually. I work with a variety of media, especially water-based paints, to create worlds of theatrical dance through drips, splashes, and rivulets of colour.
As a long-time student of yoga, I have a keen personal and artistic interest in how the body moves. For me, dancers are akin to painters: using their bodies, they too draw, incise, and push into space. The process of recreating their balletic movements is complicated, sometimes frustrating, and often challenging, but it is ultimately exhilarating.
My work springs from varied sources: I work with dancers, sketch at performances, or employ photographic stills or video. As I watch the dancers on stage, I am intrigued by the physical space in which they move, particularly the interplay between their bodies, the stage boundaries, theatrical lighting, and darkness. My work reinterprets these interactions through colour and abstraction, and expresses my intuitive and creative responses to dance today.