• Courtyard Open, Courtyard Arts Hertford - April 2019
• Hertford Art Society Open Exhibition - May 2019
• Herts Visual Arts Big Art Fair, Hitchin - July 2019
• St Albans Art Society Summer
Art Exhibition - August 2019
• Group show at the Wynd Gallery, Letchworth August 2019
• Herts Visual Arts Open Studio 2019 - September 2019
Six More Group Show at the Pop Up
Shop Harpenden - October 2019
2020 has certainly been a different year for most artists as most exhibitions have been postponed, or cancelled. I was pleased to be selected for the Hertfordshire University Open, which was due to be shown in April, but for obvious reasons the exhibition went virtual. However, there is always a positive side to a situation, and for me it allowed me time to assess what I was doing and the way in which I was working and move in a different direction. So I am still experimenting and looking forward to a positive outcome of the work produced.
Hertfordshire University Open Year of Culture March 2020
The Wynd Gallery Letchworth March/July 2020
Thirtyday Sketchbook Challenge Insight Instagram
I have been running art classes socially distancing, in six weekly sessions throughout July - September.
I am a contemporary l painter living and working in St. Albans, who is inspired by the land and seascapes of Australia and New Zealand . My paintings are a personal response to the visual forms, colours textures and atmospheres of the landscapes that I work in.
I work intuitively to begin with on several pieces at the same time forming a series, using oil paints and cold wax medium on wood panels. This allows me to see what is working so that I can expand and develop my ideas, eventually forming a visual dialogue. I build several layers of paint, drawn marks, and either visual or physical texture. in the form of organic shapes depicting the landscape. The emergence of previously hidden imagery and flashes of colour can be achieved by methods of either scraping back with various tools , or by using solvent reduction. This is an exciting process, and I enjoy the aspect of allowing the interaction of spontaneity and control, adding energy to the painting. I may use photos for colour reference or small sketches for composition, but generally rely on memory and emotional responses drawn from the landscape/ seascape I am referencing.
As the painting develops I take a more critical approach, refining and resolving. whilst striving to keep the energy of the marks. I would like to think that my work evokes a human experience of the land, rather than it’s physical presence, which is my offering to the viewer.