Whilst I have always drawn and painted as a hobby, I came to Art more seriously later in life. Having spent thirty years in the NHS as a clinician and in management, I thought the time had come to pursue my creative interests. In 2012 I enrolled at Malvern School of Art for their Access to Art course and found myself truly hooked. I then returned in 2017 for their new 2 year Fine Art and Contemporary Craft degree programme, which I've just completed. I am about to start my final top up year at Hereford College of Art this September. The last two years have seen my work developing in new ways. Whilst most of my work still has a narrative to it, it is moving towards a more 3D Fine Art practice. Scroll down the page to see my recent work and general goings on.
Once again we decided to open the home Studio up as a venue for Worcestershire Open Studios this year. We were joined by eight other artists and craftspeople; all friends or family.
Around 300 folk decided to visit us over the three days and we hope they all enjoyed their visit as much as we enjoyed sharing our work and demonstrating processes and techniques.
Every day saw exciting new demonstrations from lino cutting at the kitchen table to live silver casting in the garden, we hope there was something for everyone.
This is the finished piece from my watercolours demonstration. I had been looking for a theme for another animal procession when a friend suggested Extinction Rebellion...it seemed entirely fitting...
My recent 3D work includes 'Domestic' based on some of the less appealing human stories associated with the grand houses of The National Trust. Each room in the house represents a different house and its inhabitants.
On the left is the sad tale of a wealthy heiress Emma Vernon of Hanbury Hall...a story of love and loss.
Above is the story of the Rodneys of Berrington Hall whose excess lost them everything.
My work appeared in the August edition of Midlands Living Magazine as a backdrop to Artisan lampshades made by Sarah Walker of Artshades. The article featured two works; a Ledbury street scene and an animal illustration.
A recent collaboration with two colleagues saw us creating 100 miniature 'Gifts' from our various collections, which we exhibited in the Small Theatre in Malvern. We then hid them around the town for unsuspecting passersby to happen upon.
The whole idea was to create some positive moments for people in what has become a fast paced and stressful world.The idea that someone could take the time and care to craft something special for an unknown recipient.
The crafting of these miniature works led each of us to new materials and processes, some of which have led to complete new works. In the giving, new positive things have come about for us all.
From copper birds on vintage reels to paper hares running over fields, miniature shrines and seamstress beetles, we created tiny magical worlds to distract and wonder....just for a moment.