I am so fortunate to have my studio in the garden of my home in Ledbury. The importance of space to work cannot be over emphasised for any artist – a place to think and develop ideas as well as making finished pieces. Although Life and Community feeds our art, we usually need a place that is ours alone as a retreat, as well as a workshop. After spending time in the studio making work, we may see the world and situations differently…….a shift of focus that comes from expressing what we feel.
For many years, my paintings, collages and prints were visual memories, relating to the shifting moods and atmosphere experienced when visiting ancient buildings and sacred places in the landscape that are somehow set apart. The paintings were made from memory, reflecting the season in which they were painted.
More recently my work has focused sharply on ideas around memory – how memories are stored, linked, modified and organised.
Wild Daffodils grow in the woods and fields at Newent and Dymock and after many local country walks over the past few weeks, I find that yellow features strongly in my paintings.
These ladies turned up on a small square canvas I was working on last week ! They appear to be waiting for something or somebody. It occurred to me that we all spend a great deal of our time waiting, even if we are doing something while we wait, so I feel that this could be a new theme to my work.
Those of us who live and work in Ledbury are fortunate to be able to walk into remarkably varied countryside to feed our creativity and raise our spirit. We can climb onto Dog Hill and then up onto Bradwell Knoll where John Masefield walked as a boy. We can walk along Marcle Ridge to the East, glimpsing a patchwork of fields or explore the paths to the South where the group known as the Dymock Poets, including Robert Frost and Edward Thomas walked and talked. The magnificent Malvern Hills are an ever present backdrop to our lives.
My concertina book and painted canvases are from a series of work about my walks. These paintings and book was my work submitted for the Bookarts exhibition for the Ledbury Poetry Festival 2018, at Weavers Gallery.
I was pleased to have a small canvas in an exhibition celebrating Alice in Wonderland at Blue Ginger Gallery, Cradley. My painting has been sold and taken by the customer, but the exhibition is still in place and continues until 3rd December.
I was pleased to hear that one of my small paintings from the series about Memory and Meetings has been hung in the Royal West of England Open Exhibition at Bristol. I look forward to the Varnishing Lunch on the 30th September. The exhibition open on the !st October.
My contribution to the 2017 h’Art exhibition of work from Ledbury BookArts group is a collection of tiny drawings made in a subjective manner relating to people I have met over past years presented in a grid in a concertina format. The venue is ‘The Panelled Room’ in a remarkable, recently restored medieval building in the centre of Ledbury. The exhibition runs during h’Art week 2017 until Sunday September 17th.2017
My efforts over the past couple of years have been on sketchbooks and BookArts generally. Instead of opening my studio for Hereford Art Week I preferred to take part in an exhibition of work by Ledbury BookArts Group.
Our winters are becoming milder. This is a page from my May Hill book – with memories collected from May Hill people.