I'm so excited to be part of Oxfordshire Artweeks 2021 and to be able to show you some of my latest artwork in my bright workroom (venue 58), surrounded by my beautiful springtime garden.
During my Artweeks exhibition I'll be working on new pieces, providing technique demonstrations and will have a selection of completed works available for you to purchase and take home. And if my new vegetable patch is ready you might even be able to pinch a radish or two!
I'll be open for viewings on 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th and 9th of May 2021 between 11am and 6pm. Next door to me is venue 59 where you can find the lovely Pam Fyvie and her beautiful glass artworks, so lots to see on your visit!
If you are visiting in person, to keep you safe there will be hand sanitisers available at all times, NHS check-in and face coverings will be worn during your visit. You can also buy work from my website or by contacting me on Instagram (links to these are at the bottom of this page).
I’ve been drawing and painting since I could hold a pencil. I was born in Hertfordshire and lived in London, Berkshire and Kent before settling down in beautiful Oxfordshire.
Trying out different mediums fills me with joy and I love drawing in pencil (my mini sketchbook and pencil are always in my bag!) Most of my larger works are in acrylic or oil paint.
Colour theory and the Fauvist art movement really excite me. I like creating work which is more than reality; I like to emphasise what is important about the subject and, for me, that usually means Lines and Colour.
I’m inspired by the artists George Braque, Andre Derain, Paul Cezanne and, more recently, by the Baroque style and colours of contemporary artist Flora Yukhnovich.
My process for creating artwork is to go for a walk with my sketchbook, a 4b pencil and a flask of tea. I work my sketches up into bigger paintings back in the studio.
I try not to work from photos too much because I like to bring my own interpretation and my own mis-rememberings to the work. Having said that, if I’m inspired whilst out and about with other people I’ll take a photo of the subject so not to be antisocial.
I use big broken brushmarks and I work the colour around the canvas rather than working on one element at a time. I always try and remember Pissarro’s advice to Cezanne:
“Do not be afraid of applying strong colour…paint what you see and feel. Paint boldly and without hesitation, because it’s important to get your first impressions down. And do not be shy of nature!”