JJ paints as a way to express how he feels and it has helped him discover a freedom and confidence which was buried under many layers.
Natural pearls are formed when an irritant such as a parasite works its way inside the shell of a mussel or clam.
As part of its defence mechanism, it produces a fluid to coat the irritant.
Over time, more and more layers of this coating are deposited until a pearl is formed.
JJ's paintings reflect this metaphor with layers of paint built up to create texture and colours mixed to express emotion.
Wild pearls are rare and unique, as are the paintings that JJ has produced.
This collection is called hidden hearts and represents his journey.