This year my exhibition is split into two: the bulk of it is watercolour paintings of flowers, fungi, and other natural objects, but the Peach Croft Farm group has chosen to present artworks based on recycled materials. My contribution to this theme uses plastic rubbish to make an ecological point. The point at which there is more plastic in the oceans than fish is fast approaching. Plastic items are often consumed by fish and turtles as they are taken for prey such as jellyfish. Jellyfish are doing rather better--some of them can actually recycle plastic for their own uses. If the situation permits I will run a workshop demonstrating how to create model jellyfish out of what you might otherwise recycle, or, alas, throw away. These are not intended to be great art but they are great fun. You will be welcome to re-home a jellyfish of mine in exchange for a donation to the Marine Conservation Society.
C. M. Jackson-Houlston is a retired English lecturer. Her work is largely in watercolour and celebrates the beauty of the natural world with scientific accuracy, often aiming to lead the viewer to look at the world in a new way or to see the attraction of unfamiliar or even unpopular organisms, and their place in a complex world. What we do not love or value, we will not save. She paints a lot of fungi as well as flowers and butterflies, and even the odd slug.
Because mouldings for frames are often made of wood from threatened sources, she seeks to use only frames from sustainable timbers, or recycled ones. Much of her work is also available in print form or as greetings cards. The plastic jellyfish are a one-off project for this year only.
She has been awarded 4 medals by the Royal Horticultural Society and is a Fellow Member of the Society of Botanical Artists, as well as several other botanical and wildlife art organisations.