A riot of joyous colour awaits you in my studio.....
Over the last year I have taken a massive step in my painting practice... I bought some big canvases and decided to have a go at painting instinctively.. with no pre conceived ideas of what I would make. I have started making large ephemeral dream like abstract paintings - at 1 x 1.6 m they are the largest I have ever made. The shapes and colours are reminiscent of landscapes, flowers, views, hidden spaces and forgotten vistas.
I find at the moment that I am creating instinctively, colours and shapes flow with an energy of their own. I don't start a piece with a fixed idea in my head of what the final painting will look like, it evolves and appears on the canvas as I work. Rather than looking to achieve realism and detail in my work I now go to the studio and try to listen to an inner voice that allows me to work spontaneously, thinking about colour, shape and texture.
Due to the way I paint my large abstract florals they can be displayed portrait or landscape. I rotate the canvas as I work, so that the painting has no real orientation, it is up to the viewer to decide which way is up! The marks made by my brush often form the shapes of abstracted flowers in front of water or seascapes.
My website holds an archive of past paintings where you can find chalk pastel landscapes, and my other passion British wildlife. I have for years been fascinated by rendering the texture of fur and feathers. There are always paintings of wild birds, hares and animals adorning the walls of the studio.
Do get in touch if you have your eye on something… I am more than happy to give you more information on a piece if you like and socially distanced viewings are available in my garden studio by appointment. I appreciate that buying artwork can be a big investment and is a very personal choice.
Original acrylic paintings, pastel paintings on slate tiles, cards and prints are available.
I’ve always been an art nerd ....
As a child I would amuse myself for hours painting, cutting, sticking and stitching. I soon found solace in the art room at school, a space where I could hide from the bustle of the corridors and noise of life. I left school and did a foundation course at Shelly Park, ( part of Bournemouth and Poole college of Art and Design) where I developed a love of colour and colour mixing. My tutor used to challenge me to make as many hues, shades and tints as I could and very soon my studio was covered in swatches of colour. After foundation I attended Wood Green college of Art ( part of Middlesex university) and completed a degree in Art Practice in the community.... at this point I developed a love of working with others creating artwork, which in turn lead me into teaching. I now rule my own art room in a secondary school and hope it gives solace to other young art nerds! I feel like I’ve come full circle !
I’m lucky enough to have a studio in my garden and when I’m not teaching I can mostly be found pottering and painting. The studio is my sanctuary, a place where I can leave the world behind and immerse myself in creating. Do have a watch of my studio tour to see it in person.....