This year, my exhibition will be held at St. Ethelwode's, Abingdon, alongside fellow landscape artist, Caroline Harben. My work is mainly abstract landscapes, with emphasis on line, shapes and colour. The use of bold colours is somewhat new for me, as my previous work was more pastel. My trip to Australia last Feb. influenced me to explore colour more thoroughly. The continual changing landscape, with its openness and space, and explosion of colours, was so overwhelmingly inspirational, that I had no choice but to change direction.
Even my paintings of landscape here have become more colourful.
Most of my work in this exhibition is done using oil pastel on paper. I love this medium, with its richness of colour and texture.
St. Ethelwode's is situated in its own garden, along the River Thames. Visitors can sit in the garden after viewing the exhibition, and enjoy the beautiful flowers and views of the River. It exudes peace and calm, and I hope my art reflects this feeling.
I grew up in Wisconsin, USA, and did an art degree before moving to the UK in 1979. I continued to paint after moving here until I decided to become a midwife.
Since retirement, I have returned to art and my love of walking in the landscape. I tend to just jot down my impressions of what I see, rather than use sketches and photographs. I feel this helps me to concentrate more on what initially, and most importantly, catches my attention.
I have always loved drawing and even if what I produce isn't a drawing, you will find there is almost always at least one pencil mark in there somewhere.
I have travelled all over during my life and look forward to exploring different places again.