Joy Kirton-SmithMy work is figurative, with a strong emphasis on movement, dance and theatre. I also like to create images of eroticism and earthliness. My inspiration stems from capturing the aesthetic qualities of the human form, combining the contrast between form and flux as tangible entities, engulfed in a constantly changing environment. My technique involves the blending of my focal characters into merged backgrounds, abstracting the moving figures from the stage. I have found reference from traveling extensively.

I was brought up in the Worcestershire countryside. Recollections of my early childhood, living next to a lock and weir on the banks of the River Severn, became an inspiration to my creative spirit later in life. My formal art education took place at Halesowen College. I also learnt a lot from my father who was an adventurous painter and decorator, always keen to try out new techniques.

My work was first published in 1995. To date I have more than 100 limited edition series to my name which have been exhibited in many galleries around the UK.