Welcome to my on-line artist’s journal. I am using this space to document my art making, a reflective process of contextualising and exploring my thoughts, emotions, and motivations around making art.  It is also a place for my artworks, a place for them to be seen. As such it is, and will always be, a work in progress.

Donna_2014 book launchDrawing is the new activism

I'm used to working with words to tell stories that cast fresh light on old concerns. I'm now working with images to find and tell my stories, and perhaps move people's hearts and minds in some way. What I'm discovering is that I'm loving the learning that arises from drawing: a "difficult pleasure" as one of my art teachers describes it!

P1280881Talking Back to​ Diane Arbus, "Untitled" ​(​1971​)

marks is the area where I am putting my scratchings, scribblings, shadings, daubings and splatters. My main media for now are charcoal, graphite, white chalk and ink (black and sepia). I've been quite surprised by how much I'm enjoying working with these media as I've always seen myself as a "colour and paint" sort of a girl.

the-beggars-1568-300x300Pieter Bruegel: The Beggars, 1568

The images I am seeking out are few and far between. In fact, the very difficulty of finding authentic images of disability in the visual arts has pushed me into what I like to call my “Great Big Project”. I want to understand how the visual arts investigate, reflect and render people’s experiences of disability and disablement.