Exploring the North Devon coast - November 2020
Savegre River, Costa Rica - Oil and acrylic on Canvas
Welcome to my virtual art gallery.
The images you will see on this site represents a selection of the work I have created over a number of years, although the majority have been done since I retired from teaching in 2013.
My career as an art teacher encouraged me to work with a wide range of media, techniques and processes and I have continued in this vein since leaving the profession. I enjoy the challenge of trying out new materials, or variations on a theme and gain a lot of my ideas from travelling, whether locally, in the Purbeck area of Dorset, or overseas, on visits to Costa Rica, Indo-China, California, New Zealand, Morocco, Namibia, South Africa, France or Italy.
I have tried to reflect the diversity of my work by dividing it into sections such as ‘Paintings’, ‘Prints’, etc. You will also notice a page devoted to ‘Shoes’, which shows a number of images I painted directly onto canvas shoes, using some of my favourite artists as inspiration.
I have been lucky enough to be able to join two art groups since my move to Dorset, Wareham Art Club and Purbeck Art Weeks. Through these groups, I have been able to produce a body of work and exhibit regularly in a variety of locations, such as Rollington Barn, Corfe, Wareham Town Hall, Farwells newsagents, Domus Estate Agents and L'Artishe Gallery, Swanage, as well as sending two pieces to Hemsbach in Germany. In 2017 I also had exhibitions at Arne RSPB nature reserve, the Etches Collection, Kimmeridge and Wool Dental Practice. During Purbeck Art Weeks in 2019, I again exhibited at Moira Purver's studio in Langton Matravers. That year, my work was based on three recent trips to Namibia, Normandy and Venice. Most recently, I was involved in an online charity auction, called Art4Action, which is scheduled to resume in January 2021.
My latest series of paintings are eight mixed-media studies of birds and creatures, which have been inspired by a trip to Costa Rica in February 2020. How fortunate the timing of that visit proved to be! I have collectively titled them 'In the Eye of the Beholder' as they deal with a range of creatures, not all of which are considered to be classically beautiful. These pieces can be found on the Travel Paintings page.
Most recently, I have been working on single pieces from very different subject areas. One was a futuristic version of a Venetian mask, using found objects I collected from my father's sheds, including old watch parts, bolts electric wire and a telephone flex. I have also been working on a forest landscape that is inspired by memories of my mum, who passed away last autumn and I have just completed a painting of sweets and their wrappers in oils on recycled metal road signs. I recorded the progress of these three pieces in stages and they are illustrated below.
You will also see a section on the website devoted to ‘George’. George was my father-in-law, who sadly died in 2013 after a long and fruitful life. His main obsession was photography and he passed on masses of help and advice, both practical and theoretical. I owe him a huge debt of gratitude for his support and enthusiasm, even when I was showing him some of my less inspiring photos. He left behind him a body of work that deserves as wide an audience as possible and I will continue to do my small part in ensuring his legacy remains in the public eye, for others to enjoy.
If you like what you see and would like to contact me, including any sales enquiries, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or through my Facebook page.
A Futuristic Venetian Mask
A Shining Individual - A Tribute to my Mum
This series of images shows the development of a painting based on Wareham Forest from autumn 2020, shortly after my mum had passed away. The solitary birch tree represents my mum and the numerous conifers behind refer to the tens of thousands of people who died during the Covid epidemic. Each one of us probably has at least one 'shining' individual who we can remember vividly, whether it is a friend or family member.
This painting is based on an idea which I first had quite a long time ago, to depict a subject harking back to simpler times, when small treats could bring much pleasure. It seemed particularly apt to work on this idea at the current time, when positive emotions are even more precious.
I wanted the final image to have a worn and tarnished look, so I chose to paint on two pieces of a rusty road sign that I had found in a derelict shed I was demolishing earlier this year. I liked the idea that a memory might be incomplete, so I allowed parts of the original sign, as well as the rust and stains to show through the painting, as well as creating four fragments within the composition, separated by torn edges suggestive of parts of overlapping ripped posters you might see on a wall.