My Artweeks exhibition captures the drama of Scottish landscapes, favourite local walks and the colour and jumble of my garden. I’ve spent weeks walking in Fife, the Hebrides, Arran, Skye and Wester Ross, finding inspiration in the great sweeps of landscape, bold colours, and dramatic changes of weather. My art has developed from detailed harbour scenes to enthusiastic exploration of bolder colours and wider brush marks. I’m painting my emotional response to wild, rugged and sometimes tranquil landscapes. Coastal walks and sudden weather changes are depicted in days out in Mudeford. My acrylic and collage paintings are on A4 and A3 surfaces, mounted and framed in white. I’m working towards a semi abstract representation of landscape, hoping that this freedom will give more expression to my strong connection to nature.
Art doesn’t have to be an isolating experience. I have a wonderful community of artist friends in Abingdon Artists and Oxford Urban Sketchers. We meet regularly to sketch then share over a coffee or pub lunch. Having a sketch book, pen and a few watercolours makes every outing an intense pleasure of observation and creativity. Every holiday is rewarded with another set of memorable sketches, details of light, weather, who I met, even what I ate, firmly embedded in memory from the act of concentrated observation.