Glynis Thomson has spent more than 30 years working in Education where her main focus was on Language and Meaning, Linguistics and then Learning. As a teacher, she has always been passionate about enabling people and playing her part in making certain that their entitlement to learning and a conductive learning environment is in place for them.
“We are meant to self-actualise, to do the very best we can.” Much of that philosophy informs her painting. Glynis is interested in the theme of Human Identity, more specifically, what it means to be a woman in the 21st century, where there is a struggle to be the very best you can as yourself.
“It is difficult to project your true self because in each of us there are layers of meaning and identity; our lives fragment, compartmentalise and move in and out of certainty. We are constantly observed and evaluated and we each see and experience the world and others in a unique way. To achieve authenticity we are constantly moving, changing, and sometimes blurring what we mean and believe.”
Glynis believes paintings become themselves and as a painter she luxuriates in the sensuous nature of the materials she uses and pushes them into a rhythm on the canvas, making marks and using colour in a way that is exciting and moves the viewer to question what they see.
BA (1st Class Hons) 2009 University of Kent.