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Paradise lost. Charcoal on Fabriano paper. 114 x 244cm Paradise lost. Charcoal on Fabriano paper. 114 x 244cm
The colours, influences and ideas expressed in my paintings emanate from within. The paint, images, drawing and marks come together to form a narrative. Narrative and drawing are always the starting points. In the early stages, I have my drawings from my sketch books. Intuitively I seek to convey the passion I feel for light, form, colour and recurring images which emerge into my work from my imagination. It is a slow unfolding process. Working outdoors is a way to enter into nature’s magical world of sky, trees, plants, colours, light and aromas which form a dialogue and contemplation between the artwork and the viewer.

 

 

In 1979 at the end of my academic studies at Brockwood Park in Hampshire I travelled to India on a school exchange.  The exchange  took place with two Indian schools in Bangalore and Benares based on the teachings of Jiddu Krishnamurti; a philosopher, world speaker and writer, born 1895-1986. I lived in India teaching art and travelling for ten months. I fell in love with the country which had a profound effect on my life and art.  In 1992 following a very successful solo sell out exhibition in London, I won a scholarship and residency to work within an Artist’s commune in West Bengal one hour from Calcutta.  My three months working with twelve Indian artists culminated in a funded group exhibition at the British High Commission in Calcutta.  I returned to the UK as a professional artist having completed a ( BA ) and MA in Fine Art at Chelsea school of Art.  My artist studios have always been in London until 1997 when I moved to Hampshire and set up in the Garden where I have a separate clay and painting studio.

 

I grew up knowing I wanted to be an artist.  I have always loved colour and drawing and was encouraged by my parents. My father was an artist and my mother a ceramicist and linguist. I grew up in Stoke on Trent, Exmoor and London. The 1970s was a time of psychedelia, cult cinema at The National Film Theatre, rock music at The Roundhouse, Pop art at The Serpentine, and Kings Cross with its decaying Victorian buildings, all part of London’s essential atmosphere and collective essence.  It was an exciting era to have grown up in. 

 

Blue and Yellow Macaws. Oil on canvas. 2018 Blue and Yellow Macaws. Oil on canvas. 2018
Flowers from Ruth. Oil on canvas. 150 x 250cms 2018 Flowers from Ruth. Oil on canvas. 150 x 250cms 2018
Tiger with Macaws. Charcoal on Fabriano paper.  114 x 244 cms Tiger with Macaws. Charcoal on Fabriano paper. 114 x 244 cms
Charcoal drawing and collage. 2018 Charcoal drawing and collage. 2018
Working in my studio. June 2019 Working in my studio. June 2019