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 books are available from bookshops, galleries and local community groups. I recently delivered my newly published book, Walking through the Seasons as well as the previous book, May Hill to the May Hill Hub, which supplies local produce and local products to the resdents to the local residents and visitors
My new book has arrived at bookshops and galleries is available to buy directly from the lists of posts on this website
The book is about the experience of walking in nature and our connections with the seasons. Twelve walks are described, lavishly illustrated with pages from my art journals and sketchbooks. Poems are included from celebrated poets, including John Masefield, Edward Thomas and Elizabeth Barrett -Browning – who were drawn to a particular area of Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. Price hardback £25 plus £2.50 p &p
It has been a busy week at Blue Ginger Gallery where I have my recent paintings in the exhibition for h’Art 19. I shall be at the gallery during this final weekend and hope to see more visitors at this special gallery just a few miles from Ledbury. Lots of home made cake too !
The BookArts19 exhibtion for the Ledbury Poetry Festival is at Weavers Gallery but finishes on Sunday 14th July! My contribution is an Altered Book called The Philosophy of Walking. Below are sample pages
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.