My aim as an artist has always been to capture the emotional nature of the subject. Emotional artwork has always spoken to me the strongest. For a person to expose that private side of themselves and turn it into art is a courageous and beautiful thing.
I began painting as an outlet/therapy while struggling through a period of mental illness; as such, mental health and healing is a prominent theme in my work. I primarily paint non-male portraits and figures, purely because empowering and illuminating all women is also important to me. I use mixed media, mainly acrylic or oil paint and charcoal, to produce portraits and figure paintings. I utilise broad, bold brush strokes and colours, usually informed by how am I am feeling at the time, to create intimacy, and capture moments in a unique style. It is not important to me that the work is ‘perfect’. Life is not perfect, and I hope that my work represents it as truthfully as possible.
My studio buddy
Charli was born in the UK and emigrated to Canada in 2014.
She is a primarily self-taught artist, having received basic training through secondary education, after which there followed a lapse in creating visual art. That all changed during a period of insomnia in September 2017, when in the early hours of one particular morning, Charli turned to drawing as a way to keep her mind occupied. The next day she bought paints and brushes at her local art shop and hasn’t stopped painting since.
Charli is heavily influenced by artists who create intimate portraits of their subjects, trying to reach behind the mask to find the person hiding beneath, and also by self-portrait artists including Frida Kahlo and Vincent Van Gogh.
Charli can be found in her tiny studio with music blasting loud, and a fluffball called Lister pup curled up warming her feet.