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Small Woodland

The Mother Tree


Potting Bench




The White Jug

How would you describe the work you do and why?: 

I draw and paint the natural world but, rather than faithful representation, my work is about finding marks and colours to express the subject. The painting/drawing develops in it's own way, potentially leading to an exciting image that, although several times removed from the original subject, retains its spirit. Drawing is the core of my work which then develops in different mediums - oil and acrylic paint, collage and textiles.

For you what does being an artist mean?: 

Drawing, painting and making provides the opportunity to think creatively, to take risks and challenge expectations and boundaries. After working as a journalist, largely to briefs and deadlines, I can now do as I please. Art is vital to society, for nourishing our self-expression and our mental well being. We all have a creativity inside us but, sadly, many people never get the chance to express this.

Describe what you call yourself/your practice?: 

Painter. Also drawings and collage.

Your practice & activities include e.g workshops, teaching: 

I write about my work and have published a book of drawings - Wild Margins, Drawings and Inspirations (Amazon). My work has been reproduced in books and magazines and I have collaborated with poets. I enjoy running occasional workshops for people of all ages and abilities.

CV & Education, relevant & leading to your artistic practice: 

Putney School of Art, Portfolio Course. Eastbourne School of Art, Foundation Course. Open University degree, Art and its Histories (note the plural). Lifelong learning has enabled me to take part in many exciting, challenging workshops and courses.

Exhibitions in the last 3 years: 

The Loving Earth Project, Quaker Arts Network; The Heart of Art, Artistry Gallery, Ledbury; Seeking Routes, Swarthmore Hall, Cumbria; Coming Up Roses, Artichoke Gallery, Kent; Battersea Affordable Art Fair (Nicholas Bowlby Gallery); Group exhibitions Gallery 68 , Ulverston, Cumbria.

Your gallery outlets/stockists: 

Previously with the Nicholas Bowlby gallery and the Artichoke Gallery in Kent. Having moved to Ross from the South coast, and then entering lockdown, no galleries at present time.

Venues Description: 
Edgelands, venue 50, my studio
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