So, let me tell you about this new collection, it’s about the countryside, the landscape, the shapes, patterns and negative spaces you find as you look around. They may not be regular and repeated, but nature shows us these shapes in every view. As you look across a landscape of fields, trees and hedge rows they are there to be seen. I’ve placed random shapes and lines on to panels to describe these views that we see every day without noticing them. The lines of a road or pathway, the birds sitting in a tree waiting, the different shape fields with the crops growing or laying fallow for the winter.
When you look down into a stream, brook or river, there are enormous number of different shapes, patterns and colours. In the ‘Riverbed’ images I have taken the essence of these and placed randomly over my panel to describe the riverbed. The water running over pebbles and stones portrayed in simple patterns. The bumble bee hovering over the water, with the spiralling water whizzing passed to describe the effect they have on the eye. Using many different tools to mark making gives another aspect of the work.
I have used my imagination to describe the views or feeling of the landscape. My work is not representational but has many aspects of a view. They are mixture of many views in my memory that I work from, either in a sketch book or directly onto the panel. Often as I drive in the countryside, I’m constantly looking at the fields, hedges, trees and I store these in my mind for future reference for a image.
I have initially started on small panels that range from 31 x 31 to 39.5 x 37.5 (framed) but I am working on much larger pieces, they are works in progress. Hopefully they will be ready for May's Artweeks.
I will be exhibiting with seven amazingly talented artists in the church at Kings Sutton (Post code OX17 3RJ). They are Jackie Bradley, Nadia Birkbeck, Rosie Burk, Rachel Cronin, Jane Griffiths, Freya Ureta and David Woollard who all work in various media from paintings to jewellery to digital art. It will be exciting eclectic mix of art to see under one roof, plus we will be serving lots of delicious cakes with tea or coffee.
I am really looking forward to showing you my new work.
Last year was such a huge milestone for me. It’s been amazing that so many positive things have happened for me. I signed up last summer to do an on-line course that changed my art and concept radically. As the course came to an end, I decided to do a series of new work using only a limited colour palette and my intuition. That is the title of the new series, ‘INTUITION’. They have proven to be successful, and I’ve sold a few at several exhibition last year.
But the icing on the cake was when I entered the work in the Open Exhibition at Heseltine Gallery in Middleton Cheney last November. On the day of the opening to the public it was announced that I had received an ‘Highly Commended Award’ among the many talented artists who were exhibiting as well. This was such a complete surprise for me and such an honour too, to receive this esteemed award from this prestigious gallery was amazing. If that wasn’t enough icing on the cake, I then was told I had sold one of my pieces plus I was approached by a gallery owner who wanted to show my work in their gallery plus on-line. This was so very exciting and amazing time for me.
Please do contact me if you are interested in any of the pieces. I look forward to hearing from you.