Since my childhood I have had a love of all things creative and in particular painting. I originally pursued painting and creative embroidery as part of a Combined Studies BA Honours degree and then the busy-ness of life and other preoccupations took over. By the time I reached my 50s I was ready to start again! Stimulated by an inspiring teacher in an Adult Education class, I was helped to build my confidence in the use of acrylics. A stimulating oil painting class followed and meant I discovered the joy of this media too in a relaxed way.
My identity as an artist, along with my confidence has continued to grow over last few years to the point where I now have a strong sense of purpose in what I want to evoke. My great love is landscapes worked in an expressive and intuitive style (cue inspiration from the Impressionists!). I am primarily a colourist who also loves to explore texture and the quality of light. Most of my paintings lead the viewer’s eye through fields, woods or pathways. Including structure such as a gateway or fencing is also integral to a lot of my work.
Over the past year, I’ve spent many hours walking around my local area, exploring lanes, leaning over gates and enjoying rural vistas. These views have been my chosen subject matter and it has felt increasingly meaningful to me to be able to depict unexpected beauty on the outskirts of Coventry.
Lockdown has also given me time to return to painting in oils which I find both stimulating and challenging. Working abstractly and expressively is also something that has inspired my work over recent months and I have taken time to "play and explore" with mixed media.
I was delighted to join the Courtyard Gallery in Summer 2020 and to be able to exhibit my work for sale. I'm looking forward to the opportunity to participate in Warwickshire Open Studios 2021 as one of the "artists in residence" at the Gallery.