I create art to generate a fresh, exciting perspective on things we often overlook. In today’s world, life is permanently in the fast lane with many things vying for our attention. My work helps me to slow down and reconnect with the simple pleasures of life and the joy they bring. I specialize in the medium of collage and predominantly use food and nature in my compositions. I bring each piece to life in a fun, maximalist style by combining bold colors, a variety of textures and lively patterns. Like a jigsaw puzzle, every piece of paper is precisely cut and placed so each element of the collage is juxtaposed harmoniously. The goal of my work is to reveal the hidden beauty of quotidian objects and to inject a bit of happiness into everyday life.
Gladys was born in Surrey, England, and is a self-taught artist specializing in collage. With a family history including two magicians, a carpenter and a seamstress, creativity has always been encouraged to blossom. After experimenting with a couple of different mediums, Gladys developed a passion for collage. Her creative journey was just beginning when the coronavirus pandemic started to unfold. She was furloughed from her job and with many freedoms taken away during lockdown, she began to explore life’s simple pleasures through her art. She developed a fun, vibrant style that encapsulates the joy that these pleasures bring. Prior to becoming an artist, Gladys studied Fashion Textiles at Ravensbourne and spent the last decade working across various sales, marketing and leadership roles.