‘Laid in Lavender’ originates from the preparation for burial, where bodies would be covered in lavender, allowing the body to pass into the afterlife, smelling sweetly.
What Laid in Lavender means to me is to make the best of a bad situation. I’ve always been a little fascinated with the cycle of life and death, and the Latin phrase ‘Momento Mori’ (Latin, ‘Remember that we die’), a theory and practice common in the Victorian era, of the reflection of mortality, something in this modern age we often avoid thinking about. But for me, allowing reflection on death, teaches us to embrace and enjoy life.
I’m also enamoured by nature, and all it’s hidden secrets. Animals are often far better than people, something I believe is apparent in my work.
Often my art features skulls, or other objects symbolised with our extinction, but I also try to capture the essence of life within my work. Life and death go hand in hand, the one thing we can be certain of during our time on this planet.
Most of the work featured is for sale, unless stated otherwise. Please note that many of the animal portraits are one off, commissioned pieces. If you are interested in purchasing anything that you see, or commissioning something yourself, please send me an email and I will get back to you as quickly as possible.