Having owned two successful galleries for 25 years and selling work by British Contemporary Artists and Makers the tables have been turned as I have this year become a maker. I create landscapes using clay and plaster, inspired by my love of the countryside, gardens and plants.
My experiments with clay and plaster began in my early 20’s living in the beautiful Ribble Valley where I did a night class in ceramics for over 12 years. Following that I moved to York to take over Pyramid Gallery where I quickly became immersed in collagraphy printmaking under the guidance of Peter Wray. I loved how an image could be reproduced but also altered by the way in which paint was applied.
In 2009 I fulfilled a lifelong dream to live in the Lake District and took over Northern Lights Gallery in Keswick. Surrounded by amazing countryside and incredible artists I dabbled with creative ideas but never had enough time to fulfil them! The opportunity came when I retired, moved to live in an old cottage surrounded by meadows and country lanes and created a new cottage garden. It gave me everything I needed to create the work shown in the exhibition.