Everyone is very welcome to visit my exhibition at my studio in Chipping Norton where I have a table-top printing press and 3 rooms of paintings, prints, greetings cards and artist's books. Rosie Colvin at www.rosiecolvin.com who does beautiful silver jewellery, will be joining me.
My exhibition this year features mostly local, Oxfordshire, landscape, based work but it also includes a selection of atmospheric, mixed-medium paintings from walking trips including to The Faroe Islands, Iceland, Shetland, Wales and the coast west of Bordeaux.
Recently and during Lockdown, I've worked on themes closer to home around Chipping Norton but still based on walking and landscape. During the first Lockdown I had the time and focus to finish an edition of 100 signed and numbered artist’s books: ‘A Certain Sort of Walk – everyday walks around Chipping Norton’. Books are available to buy (£50) at the exhibition or I can post them at a small additional cost. Each book is a labour of love, made from deconstructed envelopes, put together by hand. Original artwork for the book, is available to buy at the exhibition – etchings and paintings. The 10 walks are about an hour long and focus on noticing and being mindful of the changing seasons, plants, birds and weather - the sort of walk you might do as a break from working at home or as a daily dog walk. The walk notes include practical information, points of interest, hand-drawn maps and copious illustrations. I have done all the walks many times.
My exhibition also features a project based around Glyme Lane, an area on the edge of Chipping Norton threatened by a possible relief road. It shows the great diversity, richness and community asset of this area , with its allotments, millennium wood, organic farm, our beehives and a footpath. I met with another artist, Crabby Taylor at 8.00 every Tuesday morning, all through the year, in all weathers to draw outside. I started with a small sketchbook, but my work quickly got bigger, and I enjoyed the vitality, freedom and focus working outside gave me. I experimented with a larger scale and combining drawing with mixed mediums (inks, pastels, charcoal, etc). Original work and Giclee prints are for sale from this project. There are Giclee prints, cards and original work for sale from both projects.
Hand sanitiser, masks, fresh air and social distancing will all be used to provide a covid safe environment. There are 2 sets of double doors, an additional door and windows opening onto the garden. A one-way system can operate and there's plenty of space. I have been vaccinated. Phone for an appointment for a solo viewing out of opening hours if required.
I work outside in situ and in my studio in Chipping Norton, where I've lived for over 30 years. I originally did art as my main subject when training to be a primary school teacher in Cambridge, which taught me to explore and experiment with the limited materials available in schools. Then in the late 90s I went back to study art at the Mid-Warks college of art, where I discovered printmaking. Since then, I've become interested in bookmaking. I like the way a book can bring a body of work together. I’ve done books of different constructions, sometimes on more personal themes such as my mother’s experience of Alzheimer’s Disease and a bike ride a friend and I did with our daughters. I like exploring the way a book can become a 3D object.
My mixed-medium paintings are inspired by walking, usually in wild and remote places. The mountains of North Wales, where we have a family connection, first inspired me to paint. My subject matter includes small Islands, looking down from high mountains and cliff tops that give space and height, views of ridges and valleys and far horizons. Light and dark and changing weather are constant themes in my work. When I walk, I take a rucksack with a small painting kit and sketchbook so I can stop and paint when something catches my eye. Someone once said to me ‘you paint bad weather so well’! My paintings explore the richness and possibilities of an earthy, minimal palette, sometimes using different papers or trial prints as collage, to give an almost 3D effect of distance and foreground. My videos with links on this page will give you more detail of what inspires me and how I work.
Further contact details:
tel: 07969039204 or 01608 644396