He taught me to be a duchess, to be an impregnable fortress, to be the guardian of my own heart, But he admitted that he could not teach me how or when to allow the fortress to be breached or my heart to be unlocked. It would simply happen, he said. he promised it would, in fact. But how is love to find me, even assuming it is looking?” 
― Mary Balogh, A Secret Affair

I created My Heart is a Fortress, with a palette knife, using a variety of marking techniques. My marks express movement, stability and strength. This sumptuous textured surface gives life to my abstractions. 

I am inspired by the French Lyrical Abstract style, which can be seen as a balanced elegant style of painting that is loaded with content from the natural world, often marked by sumptuous colour. The intention is to create finished work that is abstracted and more expressional than representational.


40W x 50H cm

My Heart is a Fortress