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Here you’ll find blogs from the studio covering art, business, travel, studio life and of course, synesthesia! Bookmark this page or join my mailing list to be notified when new blogs are released. I can’t wait to share my life in the studio with you!

PLUS I’m collecting stories and songs from around the world. I aim to create a series of featured stories that focus on the impact and meaning music brings to everyday memories and relationships. I’d love to hear the story behind your special song.

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Abstract options are here!

Abstract options are here!

Since I began creating synesthesia paintings many years ago my style has evolved as different aspects of the process took my creative interest. My pieces started as highly abstract as I explored my experience of synesthesia. These early paintings depicted the surface colours of a song, the overall effect of the music on my mind.

Since then, my art has evolved and my ability to articulate my own experience has grown stronger. I can identify the colours of each subtle sound within the music and have focused on translating this detail into my pieces and my synesthesia descriptions.

Abstract options are here!

Since I began creating synesthesia paintings many years ago my style has evolved as different aspects of the process took my creative interest. My pieces started as highly abstract as I explored my experience of synesthesia. These early paintings depicted the surface colours of a song, the overall effect of the music on my mind.

Since then, my art has evolved and my ability to articulate my own experience has grown stronger. I can identify the colours of each subtle sound within the music and have focused on translating this detail into my pieces and my synesthesia descriptions.

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Recent posts

Bring mom to tears – Kaleigh’s story

Bring mom to tears – Kaleigh’s story

p.s. Read all the way to the end of the blog to find out how you can win your Mother’s Day artwork!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with a story about a song that means so much to this mother and daughter. Every so often I get to paint a song that takes me totally by surprise, with Kaleigh and her mom, this was one of those moments. Their song ‘Rainbow Connection’ performed by none other than Kermit The Frog, is a sweet and meaningful melody that Kaleigh explains “brings my mom to tears 100% of the time- it instantly transports her back to my young childhood”.

Bring mom to tears – Kaleigh’s story

p.s. Read all the way to the end of the blog to find out how you can win your Mother’s Day artwork!

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with a story about a song that means so much to this mother and daughter. Every so often I get to paint a song that takes me totally by surprise, with Kaleigh and her mom, this was one of those moments. Their song ‘Rainbow Connection’ performed by none other than Kermit The Frog, is a sweet and meaningful melody that Kaleigh explains “brings my mom to tears 100% of the time- it instantly transports her back to my young childhood”.

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Phenomenal Woman – Celebrating International Women’s Day 2019

Phenomenal Woman – Celebrating International Women’s Day 2019

International Women’s Day is one of my favourite days of the year and I am forever thinking up amazing projects that I could do to celebrate, and then falling short when it gets to crunch time. In that way, it’s also one of my least favourite days of the year. It makes me feel like I haven’t done enough, and that I haven’t done justice to the wonderful women I admire.

March 8 makes me want to create something profound. To make and share something that captures my experience of womanhood and the women that influence it. This year I am releasing myself of that pressure. Instead, I want to share a poem that speaks for itself.

Phenomenal Woman – Celebrating International Women’s Day 2019

International Women’s Day is one of my favourite days of the year and I am forever thinking up amazing projects that I could do to celebrate, and then falling short when it gets to crunch time. In that way, it’s also one of my least favourite days of the year. It makes me feel like I haven’t done enough, and that I haven’t done justice to the wonderful women I admire.

March 8 makes me want to create something profound. To make and share something that captures my experience of womanhood and the women that influence it. This year I am releasing myself of that pressure. Instead, I want to share a poem that speaks for itself.

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Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month around the world and this month I intend to get into the spirit and celebrate a few of the women that helped shape the world around me. It is a month when we actively seek to uncover women’s stories from the past, so many of which remain untold. It is also a time to celebrate the achievements and contributions of women to all societies across the globe and to remember those who struggled against oppression and discrimination.

Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month around the world and this month I intend to get into the spirit and celebrate a few of the women that helped shape the world around me. It is a month when we actively seek to uncover women’s stories from the past, so many of which remain untold. It is also a time to celebrate the achievements and contributions of women to all societies across the globe and to remember those who struggled against oppression and discrimination.

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New to the archive – February 2019

New to the archive – February 2019

It’s been a wonderful month full of colour and beautiful winter sunshine brightening up the studio. This month I’ve been blown away by the love you’ve shown for my new regular blogs. I appreciate ever read, favourite, comment or share so thank you so much for making it so easy to put myself out there each week. The blogs this month focused on the process of creating synesthesia art meaning there’s now an in-depth look at each step of the process; sketching, painting and creating the certificate of authenticity!

New to the archive – February 2019

It’s been a wonderful month full of colour and beautiful winter sunshine brightening up the studio. This month I’ve been blown away by the love you’ve shown for my new regular blogs. I appreciate ever read, favourite, comment or share so thank you so much for making it so easy to put myself out there each week. The blogs this month focused on the process of creating synesthesia art meaning there’s now an in-depth look at each step of the process; sketching, painting and creating the certificate of authenticity!

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Why you love synesthesia art

Why you love synesthesia art

This month I’ve been exploring the process of creating synesthesia art. It’s also been the month of love! I thought I’d bring these two themes together to celebrate you, my collectors. I haven’t talked about it yet in this month’s blogs, but one of the biggest parts of the process of creating art is you and your story. You are the reason I make art. Every song that gets shared with me has a special story behind it and every single one makes my heart sing.

You inspire me, you motivate me and you welcome me into your home and your story every time I pick up my brushes. So I’m celebrating you, and the memories that make synesthesia art meaningful.

Why you love synesthesia art

This month I’ve been exploring the process of creating synesthesia art. It’s also been the month of love! I thought I’d bring these two themes together to celebrate you, my collectors. I haven’t talked about it yet in this month’s blogs, but one of the biggest parts of the process of creating art is you and your story. You are the reason I make art. Every song that gets shared with me has a special story behind it and every single one makes my heart sing.

You inspire me, you motivate me and you welcome me into your home and your story every time I pick up my brushes. So I’m celebrating you, and the memories that make synesthesia art meaningful.

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What is a certificate of authenticity?

This month I’ve been exploring the process of creating synesthesia art. While my art comes straight from my experience of the world, I’ve found that adding some structure to my process allows me to go deeper into my synesthesia experience, and share it better!

So far I’ve written about sketching the song and painting your piece. Now we’ve arrived at my final step, creating the certificate of authenticity!

Tips for sharing the studio with your partner

This Valentine’s Day I wanted to celebrate the best creative partner in my life, my husband. Kurt and I moved from Australia to the UK in 2017 so that he could complete his PhD. If he was following his dream, I said, why shouldn’t I follow mine! I went from my previous career in Australia to working full-time in my studio and am so grateful that I have been able to build my business and provide for our family. Thank goodness Kurt is a natural chef, and a truly equal partner.

So I wanted to share our story of what it’s really like sharing a home studio with your partner, and I wanted my very own partner’s perspective. Thanks Kurt for being the perfect blogging guest!

Painting your piece

Art is the perfect way to express the experience of synesthesia. Synesthesia is such a unique and unusual experience that it can be hard to describe in words. For me, painting quickly became the best expression of my synesthesia experience. When I found out that hearing colours wasn’t the norm, I was baffled! I didn’t know how to talk about what I saw when a song played and showing my family and friends instead was a life saver.

This month I’m discussing the process of creating synesthesia art. So far we’ve talked about getting started with a sketch of the song, painting the piece is my next step and is where the music really comes to life!

Sketching synesthesia art

This month I’ll be focusing on the process of creating a synesthesia artwork and am starting with step one, sketching!

Over the years I’ve learned more about my synesthesia and my paintings have become more detailed as I strive to fully transport you into the music with each piece of art. Every song has a huge variety of colours and I want to capture every single one. To make sure they don’t get missed, I start with a sketch of the music. 

61st Grammy Awards – Record of the Year nominations seen in colour

The Grammy awards are full of colour – elaborate gowns, stage lights and costumes. But did you know the music has colours too? As a synesthete, I experience sound as colour and every song is a unique combination of colours and textures.

Those nominated for a Grammy are no different and are filled with some of the most beautiful colours. I listened to each song and painted the colours that stood out to me the most. Each song, of course, has a huge variety of colours but with these paintings, I wanted to capture a visual snapshot.

New to the archive – January 2019

It was a lovely start to the year here in the studio. This month was characterised by new beginnings and I’ve jumped headfirst into some big goals from 2019.

Every Monday a new article arrived on the blog as well as new additions to the archive each week. Some highlights in the studio this month were the reintroduction of abstract styles to the shop, and some fun sessions painting large scale pieces for collectors.

The emotive art of synesthesia painting

Living with synesthesia gives me a unique way of seeing the world. Everything is a little more colourful, but also a little more stimulating. Instead of just having one sensation, I am gifted with many.

When I hear a sound I experience both the hearing of it, but also the seeing and feeling. I see the colours that the sound creates in the air around me, and I feel the textures of it within my body. The heaviness or lightness of the beat in my chest and arms can feel like a mysterious force out of my control.

Design your perfect Valentine’s Day

I know, I know, you have half a mind to just cancel Valentine’s Day altogether. I feel you. We’ve had some decidedly disappointing Valentine’s Days.

The first Valentine’s Day that my husband and I shared was actually a total bust. He booked a table at a swish degustation in the city and we paid through the nose for something neither of us actually wanted.

We felt totally out of place in the dim lights and cocktail attire. Even though we’d been dating for almost a year we’d apparently never discussed our actual expectations for Valentine’s and what a perfect day would look like for us. If we had we would have known that neither of us liked fancy set menus.

Celebrate your lady friends this Galentine’s Day

What’s Galentine’s Day? Only my new favourite day of the year!

Galentine’s Day is new on the holiday scene but every year it gets more and more popular with colourful brunches, crafts and quotes booming across Pinterest. Created on the show Parks and Recreation, Amy Poehler’s character Leslie Knope celebrates Galentine’s Day every 13th February.

As Knope explains, “Oh it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies”

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