I've kept on painting.........You'll see a mixture of things that have made me want to paint through the past year, including: items which I like - cups, jugs, shoes, sweeties (these just for their shiny sparkle of course!) and outdoor locations which I've enjoyed - our garden with its washing, the bridges in the University Parks, the view of the river from Wittenham Clumps, garden sheds by the side of the canal and farm tracks anywhere. I really enjoy painting interiors too - bedrooms, doorways, kitchens, flights of stairs. There is something both dramatic and mundane about the places we live in which feels special.
I'm exhibiting in my studio at the end of the garden which is accessed along the side of the house from Plantation Road. I plan to be as covid safe as possible by opening the bi-fold doors of the studio and making sure the venue doesn't get too crowded. There are chairs in the garden (and who knows, possibly coffee?) if you have to wait. Jericho and Walton Manor have plenty of artists all within easy walking distance so you can plan a route to take in a variety of different venues. I'm open every day between the 7th to the 15th May from 11 to 6. One of the things I like best about Artweeks is the chance to meet visitors and the interesting conversations that ensue so come and see the paintings and maybe have a chat.
I started painting seriously around 15 years ago and have exhibited in Oxfordshire Artweeks almost every year since then. I also exhibit regularly with Oxford Art Society where I am a member and very recently showed work at the Ronapainting Gallery and The Jam Factory.
My background is in social anthropology, teaching and therapy and my artistic education has come from a variety of evening classes, workshops and weekend summer schools. I've benefited substantially from the advice, encouragement and good example of more established artists around me and I've just painted........learned from my own, frequent mistakes and kept on painting!