I'm really very pleased to be part of Artweeks again this year after some years away from painting. My exhibition this year is a showcase of animal portraits in acrylics and oils, as well as some pen and watercolour paintings of buildings. I also make brightly coloured bone china cufflinks, which will also be on display at the exhibition.
I recently resurrected my old easel, dusted off my palette and began painting again this year. It is a long over-due return to creating art. In particular, I have rekindled my love of creating animal portraits. Oil paints were previously my chosen medium and I still love using these for a more traditional style of portrait. I had an idea that I also wanted to create a range of more contemporary paintings, cataloging the world of dogs. I have recently produced a dozen (so far) acrylic paintings of different dog breeds and always look forward to the next. I still paint a variety of different animals, including butterflies, birds, livestock and wildlife. I tend to focus on the animal subject and usually paint atmospheric or solid, plain backgrounds.
I've always loved village life and admire traditional architecture. I've spent the last couple of years renovating and extending a 17th century thatched cottage, for which I produced illustrations for the plans (and my own enjoyment!). This set me on a new foray into pen and watercolour paintings of local buildings.