Since young I have loved gardens and their design and have been aware of the fragile ecosystem which helps us thrive. I use mixed media, mixing watercolour, pastels and ink; some works include poetry, textiles and embroidery often as a response to my environmental studies. Subjects appear on the canvas as expressions of concern or wonder, sometimes both.
Originally from the North East of England with the wilds of Northumberland embedded in my memory I use a sweeping palette but perhaps this is due to many years abroad. I’m especially fond of the amazing swathes of colour tucked into Dutch flower baskets, they cheered so many canals, streets and market places and after spending almost a decade with the intense sunlight and vibrant hues of Southern Spain my pieces frequently blaze in colour.
Although fairly new to exhibiting in Kemptown I was involved with ‘Art for Carers’ in Gloucestershire Cathedral and Tewkesbury Abbey and I exhibited work during Cheltenham Heritage week (2014 and 2015), as well as Little Buckland Gallery as part of the Broadway Arts Festival in 2016 on the theme of ‘Conflict’ where my research for Campaign Against Arms Trade WW1 project was shown. Last year I took part in both the summer and Christmas Brighton and Hove Artist’s Open Houses.
Last year my textile art was on show at the beautiful Fair Trade Shop in Brighton Marina as part of the Kemptown trail of Artists Open Houses. This year, if we are able to safely go ahead, I will be there again for AOH 2020 with ‘On the edge – Coastal Wildflowers’.