I am a contemporary visual artist working in Clumps Orchard studio, Little Wittenham. Mostly I create abstract artwork in a range of mixed media including paint, ink, collage, transfer and wax.
I do not set out with any clear intention for a painting, I work intuitively, I start by putting down layers of mixed media, primarily paint and collage, until I reach the point where some elements start to jump forward as passages which I need to nurture; then I embark upon a process of selecting an overall composition which relates to the theme or feeling of the painting.
Many of my paintings are concerned with the way in which extended periods spent with remote communities in Africa and the Middle East informs my everyday aesthetic and continues to engage me subliminally. Motifs, patina, glimpses, patterns and shapes relate to my immersion for a decade in the women’s world of a highly traditional society.
Arabian Fragments : this year I was selected to exhibit at the 195th Annual Exhibition of the Royal Scottish Academy which can be viewed online - https://www.royalscottishacademy.org/exhibitions/rsa-annual-2021/