I am a Medieval Illuminator and Heraldic artist originally from
Australia; now living and working in Finland.
My Intent as an Artist is to use Universal symbolism and Sacred words to create images that speak to people on a soul level and help them to move towards finding an inner balance. My vision is that these images will inspire and challenge people to become more; to search their own hearts for the treasure that lies within. This treasure is simply an understanding of who you really are, beyond your current human perception. It is the joy of experiencing the connection to all beings, and the Divine Source of all Life.
Art has the power to strike deep at the soul. To stir … to move … to inspire …
As a young person, my love of books, art, medieval history, all things miniature and a deep connection to the Divine naturally led me to the exquisite manuscripts produced during the Medieval era. I was brought up in the Christian church, hearing all the Bible stories and singing the hymns. “While researching an assignment at Art College, I stumbled across a large book on medieval illuminations. As I opened it up, the images took my breath away, and I felt a connection with the past open up for me. I borrowed the book, bought myself some calligraphy pens and gold leaf then launched into copying a manuscript from the book. This art form just flowed from me like I had been doing it all my life. It was the most natural thing in the world.”
I soon began selling work at local markets and medieval festivals, eager to share my newfound passion with the world. As time went on I was invited to exhibit my work at many venues including the State Museum and the State Library of Queensland, Australia. I have been Artist in Residence at St John’s Cathedral in Brisbane, the Abbey Medieval Festival ( Australia's largest medieval Festival ) and St Ives Medieval Festival in Sydney, Australia. My illuminations have been sent to The Head of the Marist Brothers in Rome, and been presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
For several years I taught Art and History to High School students, but then left it to pursue a solo art career. During this time I taught many adult classes and courses on Medieval Illumination through the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology and other locations in Australia. I spent eleven years doing Medieval re-enactment with various groups and found this to be a wonderfully enriching experience as I experimented with many crafts such as bone carving, working with horn and embroidery. It is clear that I have very strong connections to this time period.
In 2000 I began exploring spirituality and esoteric wisdom. A whole new world opened up for me! Images began pouring into my head, and I realized that my art had a higher purpose. I started producing more contemporary images that chronicled the spiritual path I now walked. Pencil sketching, then digital art were my means of expression. I joined an Order of Mystics and studied with them for seven years, then joined a Mystery School studying under the Masters, all the while gaining knowledge and wisdom through my life experiences and private research.
A fusion of medieval imagery and contemporary spiritual messages
After a break of about eight years, I came back to illumination with a new passion, and a growing understanding of the important part that it still plays in our modern world. All energy works in a spiral, and I came back full circle to this art form, with a higher level of understanding. I see it as an energetic bridge that links the past and the future. ‘Sacredness’ is something that has become rare in today’s world, and is a necessary ingredient in creating a future world where people understand the true nature of themselves. I believe that this sacred art can speak to people at a soul level, and allow the Divine Light within them to make its presence felt.