In the Studio
In the Studio
Antonia and Jackie after her chemo
Antonia and Jackie after her chemo

Introduction

I work as both an artist and a soul midwife, sometimes at the same time, sometimes separately. Part of being an artist is the joy of expression, and this takes the form of painting, writing, performing and public speaking. I express how I am affected by the work I do, what it teaches me, and the stories of the people that I meet.

My one woman show, 'A Graceful Dying One Woman Show' is at the Brighton Fringe this year from May 30th to June 5th.

As a painter my work is colourful and figurative. I work in oils and in acrylics and my work includes portraits of both individuals and families, quirky sideways looks at our Christian story (see The Male Madonna, the God’s Life series, Jesus on the Tube), whimsical paintings exploring the True Fairy at middle age, and some book illustration which I have loved doing, you can view my work in the gallery.

My writing includes published articles on end of life matters, and my blog.

A soul midwife is a compassionate friend, an end of life companion, for anyone preparing for and going through the dying process, and this includes families and friends. This work is varied and profound; it involves visits, support, deep listening, and publicly raising end of life awareness through the A Graceful Death exhibition and various workshops in the community, read more about soul midwifery.

The A Graceful Death exhibition is a wonderful combination of both soul midwifery and art. It is a collection of more than 50 paintings, including portraits of and interviews with people who are facing the end of their life. I worked with the dying for over six years to paint their portraits and ask them to speak about what was happening to them. I asked two questions, Who are you and What do you want to say? A Graceful Death tours the country promoting end of life awareness and hosting workshops, talks and discussions within the exhibition, you can view images from the exhibitions here.

The A Graceful Dying one woman show opening at the Brighton Fringe in May 2016. The show is about dying, with stories from the people I have worked with over the years as an artist and soul midwife. It explores how the way they have died and what they have said about it can teach us how to live, and how to recognise that our dying is a part of our living. It is moving, thoughtful, amusing and uplifting. There will be images of death, respectful, gentle images of death, which will highlight what living is all about. Watch the Events space on this website.