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I first produced a work of art at the age of five that was exhibited in my school. At senior school I achieved Grade 1 ‘O’ level art. Work, marriage and children took over until just five years’ ago I inherited some art materials and restarted my love of drawing. With patience and many hours’ practice, and primarily through the Arts Group, I have sold paintings and cards, amazed that other people like my work. I prefer watercolour for its complexity, often using ink, line and wash, which suits my love of buildings, especially now that I live in Oxfordshire and near the Cotswolds with its profusion of mellow butter-coloured stonework.
Since graduating from DeMontfort University in 2010 I have continued to study new techniques in texture, applying them to my eclectic body of work. These techniques include printing onto silk before painting over with oils, pastels and acrylics and also applying polymer resin as a glaze and binder for collage work. Much of my work is based on the subject of climate change, producing images that will engage the viewer and emphasize the possible outcomes of ignoring the problem.
I took up sketching in the 1980s, on holiday. The results were of course varied, but one or two I liked, and all of them held my memory of that particular scene in quite a different way than a snapshot . I have collected some of the sketches in the 'sketchbook’ section of my website Moving to Brixton with a new job as a journalist on London Disability News, I thought I would join an art class. Again I found that ink was my best medium. Naturally I joined the art class and the Eynsham Arts Group when I moved to Eynsham. With the progression of my MS, my work - in acrylics and ink, has necessarily become more abstract, but no less enjoyable. Some people have even bought my paintings. A great compliment.
I am a professional artist based in Eynsham, Oxfordshire and my work is collected both locally and internationally.
I look for the spirit of place within my work. This exploration starts with drawings and photographs. The resulting complex narrative is developed into a series of oil paintings. This collection is often exhibited in a installation giving a personal account of a particular place using both real and imagined stories. Since 2000 I have worked as a freelance artist, graphic designer and illustrator.
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I am originally from Northumberland I moved to Oxfordshire in 1999. I trained as an Industrial Designer and began drawing and painting when the design industry became more computerised and I moved into Design and Project Management. I work in all the standard media, watercolour, acrylic and oils. I have exhibited in Oxford and was twice a prize winner at the Stockport Art Society in the 1990s. I have travelled extensively always taking sketching tools and watercolours, which, with photographs provide material for winter nights of painting. A keen gardener my allotment provides ingredients for my other hobby, cooking, and inspiration for some of my still life paintings.
I am a local artist specialising in landscape and plant studies, working in a variety of different media including oil, acrylic, ink and watercolour, with both brush and palette knife. I have a passion for colour, intensifying what I see to add vibrancy and atmosphere. Commissions taken.
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I have been painting since I was in my teens and went on to attend the Oxford School of Art. There have been numerous gaps in my painting activity over the years, but I have now returned to my roots with a quiet determination to make up for a lot of lost time and a lot of pictures that never got painted.
I paint places that I have been and things that I have seen, images that linger in my mind and try in my own way, through the use of paint, to recreate some of the magic.