Kirsty started painting in 2004 when it happened to be a very rainy day. She was sick of the monotony of things so she picked up a piece of hardboard from the garage, rummaged through her dad’s old collection of oils and painted her first masterpiece entitled ‘ Lost Reflection’. Kirsty never did art at school; never went to an Art College or University to study it. The question is, does her untaught hand make her work inferior to the traditional artist? Of course it doesn’t. If anything, it makes her art a more or less perfect representation of herself as a person; no amount of teaching can create that. Kirsty’s favourite medium is acrylic paints, which give her the freedom to express her more flamboyant personality, as well as the boldness and the dexterity to cement all the elements of her art together. Kirsty says:
“I wouldn’t say my art was elegant, and I wouldn’t say it was subtle either … it makes a statement saying ‘I am here, watch me.’ It literally is my personality on a canvas and you can judge the mood I was in by how the painting turned out.”
Her work is very flowing in its composition and with this you can never quite judge how the art will be in its finished state – the themes and shapes are often taken from one painting and applied to another to create something completely different. Her art is generally dictated by what her hands create on that day and what she can take from that to apply for tomorrow. Kirsty’s motto in life has always been ‘focus on the more abstract things in life’ and she believes that is the key to a fulfilled life. She has applied this to everything she does and her dedication to achieving a successful career as a professional artist has meant that she has needed this ‘focus’ to tear herself away when things have got a bit tough. Her inspirations lies in her own self-belief; she believes that if you don’t have belief in your own capabilities, how is anybody else going to trust your ability?
She says: “The abstract world can be a seen as a distracted reflection of realism. In a world of chaos art is the creation of calm “.
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