This year’s exhibition I have taken steps to further abstract my work placing an emphasis on line , shape, texture and colour. With these I am creating paintings to depict space, structure and distance.
I collect my ideas when out on walks both locally and when travelling. I always have my sketch book with me, take photos frequently and think of words to best describe - the “live nature” of where I am.
Having collected my information, back at the studio, I then will create many collage and textural pieces from papers and painted study pieces which are then torn. I also keep hold of dismissed bits and pieces from old paintings and add them into new ones! I also print in relief or collect highly textural pieces from raised or corrugated surfaces. I will also look for those found pieces that suit the theme I am building in terms of colour or they may be completely random and will add an unusual hint or quirkiness to a painting.
Using graphite initially, I will do a limited amount of planning and drawing, preferring to get “stuck in” on the basis that using acrylic I can change the bits that do not work. My work then often takes on a life of its own! I aim to not recognise “mistakes” but rather look to incorporate them keeping my work spontaneous and free. I often paint in layers, adding and removing parts of the painting to reveal parts of those underneath. This will also create some interesting negative shapes which I then incorporate into the design .In addition to acrylic and collage pieces I will often dribble glue, spray ink and use marker pens.
I love to work with strong bold colours and the blues from indigo to turquoise juxtaposed with the earth colours of burnt umber and raw sienna. Whilst working with a limited palette with black and white and with various mixtures of this palette I am aiming to achieve some simplification and unity. This year I am painting the lighter hues of these whilst setting them against strong darks to create marked value differences to exaggerate form and tone. I also love a bit of metallic!
Within a piece of work, I rely upon mixed media to give me both hard and soft fluid edges for example ink sprayed over painted, structured lines and torn edges provide an interesting contrast that I aim to work into in order to create the image I am after. Depending on the theme of the painting I will adapt the energy of my brushstrokes from sweeping spontaneous marks for mountains to smaller and more precise marks for details. I look to stylise parts in response to my love of design and shape whilst bring forward abstraction.
The studio space allows me to work on a large scale freely without interruption.
I have always painted throughout my life and as a child I was very much encouraged by my mother (an artist herself based in North Yorkshire).
I did a degree in art and environmental studies combining both my love of art and the environment. I then went on to pursue a career in retail, eventually becoming Harrods millinery buyer, which allowed me to be involved in the design and manufacturing process in order to create one off pieces.
At Kingfisher Studios I have the pleasure of working at the site of the former Witney blankets factory, and I am immediately next to the old mill pool where the blankets were washed in days gone by. Despite its industrial past, the mill pool and its surrounds are now teeming with wildlife.
Since my children have grown up, I have become a full-time artist and I now teach art and paint here at the studio.
I teach on a regular basis at the studio running weekly classes Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 10am till 12.30 pm
I also run monthly Saturday workshops from 10am till 4pm