Drawn to the Valley Open Studios

If you are near Plymouth this autumn look out for the Open Studios event 22-30th September 2018 which involves nearly 100 artists from the beautiful Tamar Valley who open their doors to show their work. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet the artists and talk to them about what inspires them, as well as […]

Delamore Arts 18

The glorious Victorian gothic Delamore House and Gardens never fail to impress, even on a grey day. Many of the rhododendrons and azaleas were in full bloom forming a glorious backdrop for the outdoor sculpture exhibition. The colour and form of Philip Hearsey’s piece perfectly complement the surrounding trees and shrubs. I would love to […]

Highlights of Venice Biennale 2017 – Viva Arte Viva!

I visited the Biennale in a very wet November when the so called ‘spring’ tides meant that the streets were flooded twice a day as the canals overflowed their banks. Wellington boots or bright blue pull-on galoshes were de rigueur. The ‘must see’ show outside the Biennale was Damien Hirst’s ‘Treasures of the Unbelievable’ at […]

Fish eye lens

I have been drawing at the very informative National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, and also helping children with art projects as a volunteer. I am intrigued by what the fish can see through the glass: who is watching who, and what are they thinking? This is Friday – a long-standing and very clever green-backed turtle: […]

Drawing and Printmaking with Natural Pigments

Kate Marshall ran an inspirational and informative course on using natural pigments at Coombe Farm Studios, Dittisham,  Devon, 18-23 Feb 2018. We gathered the ingredients and experimented with using Devon soil, ground-up rocks and home-made oak gall ink  for drawing, painting and printmaking. I have continued to use these beautiful pigments in my practice.  

‘Waste Not, Want Not’

I have a painting selected for the University of Exeter Open Exhibition 11th-18th June 2017 at the Forum, Streatham Campus 10am – 5pm daily. The OBSERVATORY : Perspectives on the Landscape, Society and Spirit. Artists were invited to submit work related to research at the University and my piece reflects plastic pollution of our seas […]

Abstracting the Landscape

Two approaches to ‘abstraction’ were experienced with James Tatum and Nicci Wannacott, although James would describe himself as an expressionist and not an abstract painter. James relies on the emotional impact of a scene, the light and colour, the sensations of wind, rain, sounds and smells, to inspire his plein aire sketches and subsequent paintings, […]