As a pagan artist, working with materials that the natural world provides in forms of paintings, illustrations, mixed media and installation, my work aims to strengthen the connection we all have to the natural world.
Prior to lockdown I had been struggling with severe anxiety which has had a profound effect on my life. Simple activities such as short walks and everyday tasks were always difficult and rarely completed. During lockdown I have been able to embrace the quietness and solitude of the outdoors and able to carry out everyday tasks. Everyday I have felt safe to go outside and walk my dog, which before was a task I never was able to do. There's a stillness in the air, the roads are quiet and passers by are rare.
This has given me the opportunity to relax and appreciate everything that we have already in the natural world. I decided to illustrate a subject everyday that I saw on my daily walk relating to nature. I have been painting with handmade charcoal ink on mulberry paper.
Acting as a diary, each illustration will mark 1 day within isolation with context of what I saw and was doing that day.
I started painting on the 23.03.20 when lockdown was announced whilst living in wales up until 07.07.20 when restrictions were lifted.