My background is mainly in painting, and oil painting in particular. I used to paint portraiture when I first started out, but I found it creatively limiting, and I was becoming frustrated, I needed to explore more conceptually, building on what I could do and to push myself further. I sort of fell accidentally into digital collage; it wasn’t something I had planned to do, but something that seemed to find me. It interrelated nicely with my existing skill-set and was a medium malleable enough to keep up with the way I think. ~Alexandra Gallagher My mind is always an indefatigable creature and I need a way of expressing that can match that, but the foundation of my art has always been rooted in painting. The rules and principles of painting, along with the history, give me the necessary parameters of tradition and structure. I source and select images through web search engines, and rework them to tell new, possibly impossible narratives, which draw heavily on surrealism. All my work is by nature visceral and organic, I actively avoid the temptation to methodically produce work, as I prefer to to work in a more fluid manner, tapping into the impracticable space behind the mind. I love every aspect of creativity and I think this reflects in the versatility of my work.