Currently original paintings, prints and cards can be purchased through this website, and from Sandy Stores, Praa Sands in Cornwall.
Original paintings and cards can also be purchased at The Albatross gallery in Porthleven, Cornwall.
Acrylic, ink and collage on board
"The Journey home"
Acrylic, Ink and acrylic pen on board 41cm x 41cm
Acrylic &collage on board
51cm x 40cm
Acrylic, ink and collage
on board. 53cm x 36cm
A Space Inbetween
Our lives have been in limbo. Routines disrupted. Families behind walls, separated. Tragedies were occurring. The lockdown had a huge impact on us all in many different and surprising ways. Released from expectations, commitments, childcare and social activities unexpectedly gave space for me to be just me. It created an opportunity for a pause, a time to reflect and create before whatever is next.
"Carn Brea Castle"
Near Redruth, Cornwall.
During the lockdown I was feasting my eyes on beautiful photographs of Cornwall posted on Facebook and Instagram by the lucky people who live there. When I get back to Cornwall I will be making a visit to this dramatic place.
Mixed media: Acrylic, ink and charcoal
100cm x 40 cm Deep Canvas unframed.
"Escape to the Country"
This glorious yellow field of Oilseed Rape was photographed from the car window on the first trip out we took during the lockdown to buy some meat at the farm shop.
Having been only in the house and garden for 4 weeks it felt strange to be out and rather naughty despite it being an essential food shopping trip. We were the only people there!
Acrylic on board. 45cm x 20cm Unframed
"Boz's Veg stall"
This is Basingstoke's lovely Wednesday and Saturday market in the 'Top of Town' which is the older part of our town. Our favourite place to sit is Poppins café and have a coffee while watching the world go by. Often accompanied by a small grandchild we have spent many hours there people watching and buying supplies for the week ahead. It was much missed during hte lockdown.
Acrylic on deep canvas unframed. 50cm x 50cm £135
Walls glorious walls!
For many years now I have collected photographs of walls building up a huge portfolio. I am fascinated by the shapes and the colours of the stones and bricks, and the way time has aged them, the stories they could tell and their purpose and meaning for communities, wildlife and plant species that rely on them.
Textures and patterns are one of my passions and I have several huge boxes of things squirrelled away just in case they might be useful one day. Below are some examples of wall inspired work.
'The wall is an iliad of granite. It chants to me of pilgrims of the perilous deep, of fearless journeying and old forgotten things' Helen Keller .
"South West coastal path"
Together with Gerald and the very much missed Chester we have walked the coastal path for hours. The strength of this stone wall defends walkers from the wind and rain and on a sunny day offers a little shade.
Mixed media: acrylic, pen and charcoal on board.
A section of the old wall enclosing the pastures around the Old Tithe barn in Old Basing which was built in 1535. The colours of the yellowy orange lichens glow against the grey/white of other sections. Although I am not sure exactly when it was built this is certainly a wall with many stories to tell.
Mixed Media: Acrylic and pen on board. 20cmx20cm. Unframed. £20
Walls as safe places and road maps.
Walls creat a vertical environment that increases habitat diversity. One side is damp and moist and the other warm and dry. Many different animals use stone walls as homes and shelters, look outs and travel corridors. In some countries even bears use them!
Between the stones a myriad of lives exist, most in secret. Here you can see the snake, a lizard a rabbit and a bird plus several creepy crawlies. Also just visible on the left a curled up figure representing those of us who build our own 'walls' around ourselves. Also I have included a man placing stones as a tribute to all those who laboured to build the walls that crisscross our landscape.
Mixed media: collage, ink, acrylic on board 30cm x 30cm unframed £ 75
"Side by Side"
Lichens and plants of all types share the accommodation offered by a wall. This little piece began as a mono print taken from my paint palette as I don't like to wash away unused paint. It's always a lovely surprise to see what transfers to the paper. From a selected part of the print grew a representation of the connection between the unplanned random print and the unplanned random colonisation of the wall.
Mixed media: Ink, acrylic, collage mounted
15cm x 15cm £ 10
"Moss and Lichen"
Walls are clothed in a palette of amazing colours from the lichens that have found a home on the rough surfaces of the stones. Many are clothed in a furry coat of green moss or camouflaged by tall grasses and ferns.
Mixed Media: Mono print, Acrylic and collage
Mounted 15cm x 15cm
£10 each or £15 as a pair.
'Teach me the secret of your serene repose, Tell of greater things to be, When love and wisdom are the only creed, And law and right are one.'
from The song of the stone wall by Helen Keller.
Mixed Media on canvas. 33cm x 33cm.
"The Sky is For All"
“The sky is for all: bright as it is. It is not too bright, nor too good for human natures daily food!
It is fitted in all its functions for the perpetual comfort and exalting of the heart, for soothing of it and purifying it from its dross and dust.
Sometimes gentle, sometimes capricious, sometimes awful, never the same for two moments together;
Almost human in its passions, almost spiritual in its tenderness, almost divine in its infinity, it is surely meant for the chief teacher of what is immortal in us.”
John Ruskin, Of the Open Sky,
Modern Painters 1, Part 2, Section 3.
Mixed Media on canvas framed. 49cm x 64cm £135