I am a Marcher artist, working in rural Herefordshire, on the borderland with Wales and Shropshire; it is a landscape full of history, myth and legend, and also full of wild flowers, native trees and sheep. The shapes of the land, trees and sky inform my work, whether I am in traditional mode or freer and more experimental. I try only to use natural materials, including watercolour, van Dyck crystals (burnt walnut husk), pigments, beeswax and seasalt for their resist and dispersal qualities; and I am also using more ethically sourced and recycled papers in my work. I recently started using acrylics, though I prefer natural colours, but I can see the attraction for the versatility; Collage and earth pigments are two current favourite media.
I have learnt to paint through determination, perseverance, hard work, trial and error. I have no formal training.
I also curate events; FOUR WOMEN FROM THE MARCHES, where I was joined by Anthea Stilwell, Maggi Denaro and Julienne Braham, as the indoor two dimensional exhibition to complement the second Showborough House Affordable Garden Sculpture Exhibition. I am on the h.Art, Herefordshire Art Week Steering Group, this September I hold my 9th Open Studio in September.... last year I received nearly 300 visitors to my home .. encouraging, enjoyable and exhausting! As a self -taught artist, it has taken many years to build up a sufficient level of both skill and confidence, but one of my lifelong dreams was fulfilled several years ago when I was invited to hold a solo show, Wayfaring, at the Radnorshire Museum in Llandrindod Wells. Past highlights include 'Treescapes'. a six man show at Pontypool Museum opened by the photographer Archie Miles, and two charity shows, Art for Your Sake, Macmillan at The Colloquy, in February 2010, and Art at No. 10, Brecon, both of which I also curated. I am a regular participant at the Palace Art Fest in the Bishop's Palace, Hereford, Art@The Granary at Lingen, with the Artistic Director of Opera Project, Richard Studer. As a prolific artist, I can provide a full, cohesive solo show at a moment's notice, but I do prefer to be invited with a little more time.
2012 was a busy year, including numerous group shows, featured artist spots (Roses and Fishes Ludlow, over the Fringe Festival, Blue Ginger Gallery Cradley) and solo shows at Ludlow Assembly Rooms and Mistletoe House, near Presteigne. In August I show again at The Granary in SEVEN ARTISTS@THEGRANARY. In September I hold my 9th Open Studio for Herefordshire Art Week. In October I took part in a group show for Beckford Fine Art at Ludlow Castle, and December once again ran the Art at No. 10 Show at The Struet, Brecon.
In May 2011, I co-curated The Maggie's Spring Art Show for Maggie's, the cancer support charity, which raised a magnificent £30,000 for the Maggie's Centre in Cheltenham. We displayed the work of 80 artists, printmakers, potters and sculptors, both from the region and beyond, in two magnificent converted barns at Lyde Arundel, Hereford.
This August, I take part in art@attheGranary, Lingen, as part of the Presteigne Music Festival .. our show draws on the music of Sibelius as a springboard this year. Following the success of the first show in October 2013.I have been invited to curate the second OUT OF NATURE SCULPTURE EXHIBITION at Newport House, Almeley in Herefordshire, supporting the charity The Cart Shed. This brings together nearly 40 sculptors of regional, national and itnernational standing in the magnificent grounds of Newport House. Before that, I open my own studio for the 12th time for HEREFORDSHIRE ART WEEK, September 12-20. I am also showing work in two lovely group church shows .. SMAAAK, Kingsland, venue 49, and venue 27, in the Church of St Mary Magdalene at Eardisley.
I run teaching sessions, both for individuals and groups; my aim is to encourage and empower participants to take the plunge and explore their own creativity. It is very exciting to see people release their artistic inhibitions, often arising from early school days and a formidable art teacher telling them they were no good!