What an extraordinary year this is! Like all of us in Artweeks, I am really disappointed that I will not be able to welcome visitors into my home to see my paintings. Or to show them our garden, which is also open during Artweeks, and looks really spectacular this spring. However, the lockdown has given my husband and me the opportunity, in our "one form of outdoor exercise per day", to fully explore the wealth of footpaths through the countryside surrounding our village. This has never looked more lovely than it does this year, in the glorious spring sunshine. I have been taking lots of photos, and am now inspired to start work on a series of "lockdown" paintings. So watch this space in Artweeks 2021!
My art career has developed over the years from a series of happy accidents. Without any formal training, I worked for 20 years as a freelance botanical illustrator, preparing pen and ink drawings for botanical textbooks. Then, in 1980, I began to paint seriously. I have always liked the translucency of watercolour, and my love of plants naturally led me to choose these as my favourite subjects.
Since then, I have held over 40 solo exhibitions in England, as well as some in France, Switzerland, and in the Gerald Peters Gallery in the USA. As a member of the Society of Botanical Artists, I participate regularly in their annual exhibitions in London. I have lived in Eynsham for over 50 years, and have held Artweeks exhibitions here since 1985.
I am very fortunate in having a large garden, where I can indulge my passion for plant collecting, and cultivate many of the plants that I wish to paint - vegetables, ferns, and leaves, as well as flowers. I also enjoy painting local landscapes.
Georgia O’Keeffe, a painter whose work I admire enormously, once wrote “When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else”. That says it all!
Eynsham, Ox 29 4HJ
Tel. 01865 881404