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Welcome to my Art Gallery. I'm Ona. An Artist lucky enough to live between Shakespeare's historic Stratford-Upon-Avon and bustling, cosmopolitan Birmingham. Usually, when I introduce myself, people ask what my name means & I'm glad to say it translates to "The One & Only" or "The Only One" , a theme that runs through my Art...

I'm also "lucky" enough to have a diagnosis of Bi-Polar, a mental health condition which has long been connected with "the Artistic temperament" & creative ability. I share this diagnoses with the likes of Vincent Van Gogh and Stephen Fry among others so I feel I am in good company! My mind is constantly racing with images and ideas and I have extremely vivid dreams. I record my dreams & visions in sketchbooks and journals which serve as a constant supply of inspiration to tap into. My art is a way to express all these mental images, getting them out of my…

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  • Female
  • Born on November 2
  • Joined September 7, 2011

Favorite materials

Canvas, Printed Paper, Book Pages, Industrial Hard Ware, Junk, Jumble, Acrylic Paint, Gloss, Glittler, Metallic, Foil, Fabric, Found Objects

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About

Welcome to my Art Gallery. I'm Ona. An Artist lucky enough to live between Shakespeare's historic Stratford-Upon-Avon and bustling, cosmopolitan Birmingham. Usually, when I introduce myself, people ask what my name means & I'm glad to say it translates to "The One & Only" or "The Only One" , a theme that runs through my Art...

I'm also "lucky" enough to have a diagnosis of Bi-Polar, a mental health condition which has long been connected with "the Artistic temperament" & creative ability. I share this diagnoses with the likes of Vincent Van Gogh and Stephen Fry among others so I feel I am in good company! My mind is constantly racing with images and ideas and I have extremely vivid dreams. I record my dreams & visions in sketchbooks and journals which serve as a constant supply of inspiration to tap into. My art is a way to express all these mental images, getting them out of my mind, manifesting them in the tangible world and sharing them.

I feel that a person viewing or purchasing my art actually adds value to the piece because the art elicits a response from them, be it emotional, mental or physical. I love that this means art transcends space & time. What begins as an image within my mind's eye goes on to spark an idea or emotion in someone else, somewhere else at some time in the future.

Since my Art is led naturally by whatever themes flow through my mind it doesn't always fit into one specific genre. I'm happy with this, because I would rather represent my authentic self - even if that makes it difficult to categorize my work - than to alter or restrict what I produce for the sake of making it fit into an easily definable box. My art often tends to be surreal, abstract or illustrative and tends to be somewhat dramatic in style. When I work in mixed media I often utilize found objects and reclaimed materials in my work and I love the character and history this adds to a piece. It has led me to discover a beautiful, Japanese aesthetic that called Wab-Sabi....

Wabi-Sabi is the idea of finding beauty in imperfection, in particular, imperfections resulting from wear and tear, accidents and the natural process of aging and decay. It celebrates authenticity and experience which show in the form of things like cracks in ceramics, the yellowed and deckled edges of old book pages, or glass which has been smoothed and frosted by the sea. I adore the character of well worn items and I love knowing that there are historical stories locked within old objects. To incorporate this aesthetic into my art I collect all kinds of second hand, antique & vintage items such as scrap fabric, old sheet music and antique jewellery and I use them as art materials.

I hope you will enjoy browsing the creations in my shop and that you might discover a piece that inspires and resonates with you...



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