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.
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.
Many thanks to all many visitors to my studio during h’Art week. I met so many interesting people including lots of fellow artists. This painting made in my garden earlier in the summer was propped up in the walkway through along with the large crow painting from last years event.
For many months now I have been working in an A5 sketchbook recording feelings, thoughts and memories from the subconscious. The book will be part of the Ledbury BookArts15 exhibition at Weavers Gallery during the Ledbury Poetry Festival 3 – 12th July
Random pages ………….
The previous May Hill Book is out of print….well I have one copy here if anyone places an order soon.
A new edition is now available, with several extra pages and in the same smaller format as the Edward Thomas book and the Kilpeck book, which means the price will be £19.95 rather than the previous price of £29.95 The books are available from bookshops, galleries and my website. Please order using Paypal from the May Hill Book page, or email to arrange payment by cheque.
The paintings and drawings of the Hill and surrounding countryside are complimented by memories from May Hill people.
In connection with the ‘Conversations’ exhibition and series of events at Blue Ginger Gallery in Cradley, near Great Malvern, I am one of eight artists working in a discarded book before sending on to the next artist in the group. There are now eight books travelling round spending one month with each artist before returning to the original owner in August. My book contains letters written by Elizabeth Barrett Browning to Miss Mitford and I have tried to relate to the text and to ideas around …conversations
Working on paintings about memories and meetings for the opening exhibition and series of events with the title ‘Conversations’ at Blue Ginger Gallery, Cradley 28th March. (Work in progress )
In response to recent requests, I have just added a May Hill print to the items available to be purchased from a page on this website using the Paypal Button. The original painting was painted during the summer months reflecting the strong bright colours in the countryside around the Hill. There is a line transcribed from the famous poem by Robert Frost about his friend Edward Thomas. “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood And sorry I could not travel both” The two friends often walked and talked together on May Hill during the summer of 1914.
I have three paintings accepted for the Royal West of England Academy Open Exhibition in Bristol this year and look forward to going to the traditional Varnishing Day on Saturday 11th October. This painting was made after I returned from witnessing the Art Installation in Birmingham by Brazilian artist, Nele Azevedo, to commemorate the centenary of the start of the W.W.I. I joined the huge crowd in placing 5,000 ice figures (the number of men lost at the front from Birmingham) on the steps of Chambelain Square and watched as they melted away in the sun. I wanted to paint an ice figure in a heavenly landscape.
Today is the first day of h’Art 2014, an annual event offering the opportunity to visit Artist Studios and other venues all over Herefordshire. I am no 37 venue and look forward to welcoming visitors to my studio in the back garden of my home in Ledbury, over the next 9 days. The studio has never been so clear of clutter ! www.h-art.org.uk