This year’s exhibition features local land- and city- scapes under the heading of ‘Close to Home’. These paintings constitute my sources of inspiration during lockdown over the past 12 months. All were inspired by local walks (CS Lewis nature reserve, Shotover, Cowley Road, Broad Street and South Park) with a couple of abstracts inspired by the flames of our wood burner; lit only on the coldest and darkest of days during the past months. All of my artwork is for sale. They are available either framed or unframed (in a mount) should you wish to choose your own frame. All the frames I have used for this exhibition have been repurposed.
I pursued the visual arts at undergraduate level with a focus on photography (at Oxford Poly (1986-1989)). Having followed a career in teaching (I now teach primary school children at New Hinksey Primary School three days a week), I continued to dabble with art projects (for example when my children were young I was obsessed with using circles in my art - please look at my Instagram account). Over the past several years my art practice has gone up a notch or two to what I now consider a passion. During this time I have experimented with different media - watercolour, alcohol ink - now predominately with acrylics. My artwork may incorporate collage, pastel and ink. I am increasingly interested in the effects of building up thin layers of paint and glazes to give the work a translucency. Over the past couple of years I have exhibited locally, filled my home with my art, gifted work to friends and family, sold a few pieces and accepted several commissions.