December 2020 - April 2021, Rugby Open 2020 Online at Rugby Art Gallery & Museum
24 June - 8 July 2021 - Rugby Artists and Makers Network Exhibition at Floor 1 Rugby Art Gallery & Museum
6 July 2021 + Hatty Bakewell's, The Toolshed Cafe, Caldecott Park, Rugby
9 September – 3 October 2021, Plein Air the exhibition, East Lodge, Jephson Gardens, Leamington Spa
18 September – 30 September 2021, Warwickshire Open Studios Rugby exhibition, Rugby Art Gallery and Museum, floor 1, Rugby
In May 2020 I started to draw again. Not an unusual story, people everywhere discovered hobbies and crafts to entertain themselves during lockdown. I found just by drawing once a day it became my mindful exercise, the escapism from home schooling and the kids that I needed. A way of finding me again.
I graduated in 2006 from Nottingham Trent University with a 1st Class Honours degree in Fine Art. Whilst at university, escapism and imagination kept on recurring in my practise. I worked on paintings and slides of beautiful images with a darker twist.
Since leaving University my jobs and family kind of got in the way a bit. I liked taking the odd photograph and traveling but that was about it. Now I am discovering that the process of drawing itself is incredibly important to me. I loved that nature and wildlife became a real focus again during lockdown and the fact I live in a rural village really altered my own experiences of lockdown. Drawing flowers in the garden, animals I would see on walks, or just birds I had seen became really exciting to me. I started to share my drawings on social media and then it became apparent that it was something others were interested in to.
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Gem's Creative Place