My Artweeks exhibition is housed within the studio, tucked behind our house in East Hanney. The building resembles a mini art classroom, where the contents are a collection of works - ceramics, watercolours, acrylics and quite a few other materials……… a culmination of many years teaching students of all ages and exploring new processes along the way.
Our house is an ongoing ‘project’ in itself, so visitors should take care when walking on the paved areas and main garden to reach the studio. It will be signposted and the nearest parking is just past our house, where the lane bends. There will be some serious tidying prior to Artweeks and we look forward to welcoming you.
What you will see
….…….a variety of illustrations in watercolour/gouache and pencil, acrylics, photos, and ceramics (modelled, thrown and moulded), in an array of clays and finishes. The range of work reflects many material qualities and processes. Feel free to chat about any of these if you are considering developing your own art.
My art is often derived from personal photos and I particularly love representing animals in different forms, the favourite being in 3 dimensions. It can be so rewarding, capturing their character and expression in a drawing, or in 3D. I find that the camera is a great tool for recording valuable reference images, but also for producing photos as another art form.
Students of all ages and abilities often come to the studio to build a portfolio of their Art, or Design Technology. This may be GCSE, A Level, or beyond.
More about myself
Growing up in a big city was a major source of inspiration. There are numerous skills to be discovered amongst the trades in Birmingham and surrounding areas. Visiting jewellery workshops and factories was always exciting and I really loved (….and I still do) the industrial scenery of Birmingham, the canals, working in the City and later, teaching in a range of different schools. I now teach on a 1:1 basis at the studio, as well as in schools, Special Schools and colleges, where I provide workshops, alongside producing my own art, often on commission.
Our family moved to Oxfordshire in 2007 and we have become immersed in a new way of life, living in villages (we have lived in four), finally settling in East Hanney. This has certainly provided a new perspective. Oxfordshire is a rich hub for the arts and it is exciting to be part of such a creative network.