“Observing changes in light and colour, the spectacular effects of weather and the changing seasons, has been the stimulus for this series of small oil paintings, completed earlier this year after visits to the Isle of Colonsay, together with many walks along the Solway coast at Mersehead and Caerlaverock.
Hand-knitting to my own designs, the colours and patterns into cushion covers evolve in the same way as paintings – a selection of rich reds and purples this year led to ‘Dancers’ and ‘Aztecs’”.
I studied at Liverpool College of Art and subsequently qualified as an art teacher. I also have a degree in Philosophy and History of Art from the Open University.
In 1995 I became a full time artist. I have a small studio and concentrate on painting, initiating and taking part in a range of exhibitions. I have taken part in Dumfries & Galloway’s Studio Trail ‘Spring Fling’ for the past 10 years and I have been an Axis artist since 2006. My paintings, textiles and mixed media have been shown in galleries in England, Ireland and Scotland and I have work in private collections in UK, Europe and USA.
2017: A preoccupation this year has been my decision to leave Dumfries and Galloway, my home for 19 years, to live and work in the wilds of Shap, in Cumbria, nearer to my family. Sadness and regret were combined with just ‘getting on with it’ and trying to look forward. This series, painted slowly in oil on canvas, with knives & brushes, charts my reluctant, eventual departure.
After Spring Fling at Lochdougan in May and while preparing work for this exhibition, I have been accepted for C-Art Open Studios which will be held September 15th – 17th and I will open my studio at Rose Bank, in Shap for the first time.
Two paintings were selected for The Lakes Artists Society ‘Summer Exhibition’, in Grasmere Memorial Hall, which opened on 29th July until 9th September. Three paintings have been selected for the Cumbria Artist of the Year Exhibition which will be held at Rheged, near Penrith from 9th September until 5th November.