As a weaver, garden designer & more recently a painter, I have always looked to the landscape for inspiration. I have periods of painting in watercolour; a fast but risky, loose style, aiming to capture the atmosphere and spirit of a place. At the moment though, I am focusing on working with acrylic and mixed media on board and exploring the use of texture by scratching and sanding back into multiple layers of paint, revealing traces of what came before. A totally different way of painting for me, resulting in a more contemporary, abstract style.
Having spent my childhood by the sea in South Hampshire & now living in the Waveney Valley, it is no coincidence that water is a recurring theme in my work.
I have developed a strong connection to the watery margins, reed beds and big skies and I am frequently drawn to paint the estuaries of the Blyth, Alde & Deben. I exhibit regularly in Aldeburgh, Woodbridge & Snape Maltings.
My work ranges from loose, coloured drawings executed on site, to watercolour and mixed media paintings produced back in the studio using sketches, photographs and memory. I am inspired by land and seascapes and rather than producing a literal interpretation, I aim to convey the spirit and mood of a place. I am interested in the subtle characteristics of watercolour, the accidental effects achieved by washing out; the marks, textures and edges of the paint. The coast, estuaries, saltmarshes and reed beds of Suffolk and Norfolk, are constant themes in my work.
I trained in textiles at Winchester and Loughborough Colleges of Art between 1972-76 and specialised in weaving. Subsequently I worked as a garden designer and whilst following this career, I became increasingly involved in painting. In 2014, I retired from designing to become a full time painter.
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