My series of Lamia paintings was inspired by my time in El Pais Vasco in northern Spain. Lamia have haunted folk tales for millennia as far back as the Greeks. They have been associated with child eating queens, women with serpent’s tails and beautiful maidens similar to vampires or sirens who would seduce young wanderers in order to feast on their blood. In El Pais Vasco they are spoken of as half women, half bird and said to inhabit the mountains, hiding their bird’s legs and feet cleverly beneath their clothing. Birds scare me (I don’t like their quivering and flapping) but they also fascinate me. I love the idea of woman as birds, with birds and what metaphors can be harvested from our connection to them. My Lamia inhabit the city of Donostia and the stunning fisherman’s church of Getaria, they fly, perch and wait. I wanted them to be as mysterious as the feelings I was trying to capture in my paintings.

El Salto/ Indian Ink/ 2005
A good image with which to introduce my work, this painting is called ‘The Leap’ it is made in Indian Ink,and was painted during my time living in the beautiful city of San Sebastian in the Basque Country in Spain. It forms part of my ‘Lamia’ series which explores and compares woman and birds and the relationship between the two. It kick started my interest in working in water based media after years of working in oils and I love it as it achieves so much I want to harness and express in my work, for me it is lyrical, ambiguous and beautiful. I am always looking to find these qualities in my painting. There is risk and reward here.