I will be exhibiting with other artists at The Earth Trust Gallery (venue no. 436) near Little Wittenham between 19th and 27th May. This year I will be displaying landscapes, mainly from Oxfordshire and Cornwall. They include paintings inspired by the rural environment and also the man-made environment, celebrating the 'dark beauty' in the things around us.
Come along for a browse, a chat over a coffee. Take in the surroundings of Wittenham Clumps and learn more about the great work of The Earth Trust.
After a career in environmental science, I retired in 2020 to devote more time to painting and sculpture, working from my small studio in Crowmarsh Gifford. I developed my skills in life drawing classes, then in courses at Art Academy in London and more recently at the Newlyn School of Art in Cornwall. I continue to take part in weekly stone carving workshops in Charlbury, Oxfordshire.
I celebrate the natural and man-made world in my work, and am drawn to images that have strong contrasts of light and dark, or ones that inspire striking compositions or colour contrasts. I try a to weave a story into my work, reflecting on people's place in the landscape or the 'echoes' they leave behind. I enjoy spending time at Oxford's wonderful Natural History Museum, gathering ideas for sculpture influenced by natural forms that I see there.
In 2021, I took part in Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year and my heat, at The Eden Project in Cornwall, was aired in February 2022. My submission painting 'Watching, Waiting' will be included in the work on display at The Earth Trust in May. I have also exhibited at The Mall Galleries in London, the Crypt Gallery in St. Ives, Oxfordshire Museum at Woodstock, and I regularly exhibit with Reading Guild of Artists and Oxford Art Society.