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My Own Edge

A Brit - living and working in Prague, Czech Republic from 2003-2011 and since 2011, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I run my own coaching and development business, working with individuals and teams, to help them fulfill their potential and get the results they want, in life, business and/or career.  

A developing “artist”, pushed out of my comfort zone by my very supportive and patient art teacher, Slava(Prague) and Malaysian Institute of Art. Recent art shows, June 2011 at the Chemistry Art gallery, Prague and November, 2011. So far, 15 paintings sold. Below are a selection of my paintings. Others can be found on facebook, paintstorm.

When I left the UK in 2003 to work in Prague, Czech Republic , my team asked me what I wanted for a leaving present. Terrified of getting another vase to dust or yet more crystal glasses, I muttered something about always wanting to learn how to paint, but never having the time.  They listened (a well trained team!) and gave me a bag full of artistic goodies to make any aspiring artist feel spoilt and look like a “proper” artist.The bag made its way to Prague and was left unopened for 18 months. Feeling hypocritical, as I am always encouraging my clients to prioritize and do what is important, in life and not just work, I started to experiment with different techniques, styles and medium in 2005, as part of an art group with Pat Stone and Alex Necas. (See a picture of the art group at the end of this page and a web link to see a selection of art works from all 3 artists)

Inspired by a Matisse I saw hung in the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg in 2007, I grew more confident about using colour, bigger strokes and got less frustrated about my style, which suggests but ultimately avoids the detail! Matisse believed the arrangement of colours was as important as a painting's subject matter to communicate meaning. I use oils consistently and paint mostly with anything other than a brush!

Art has helped me re discover a new creative side, pushed me totally outside of my comfort zone  and from a professional viewpoint reinforced the point that we all see things differently and have our own style, approach and preferences.  A bowl of fruit will be interpreted differently by any member of our art group. Thank goodness!

"There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do so he has first to forget all the roses that were ever painted."
Henri Matisse