I love the landscape of the British Isles, both above and below ground. The mystery of the history 'beneath', or what can be vaguely seen 'beyond' is what my work from 2020 is about.
I am currently using oil pain mixed with cold wax medium. CWM is pure bleached beeswax mixed with small amounts of alkyd resin and mineral spirit and gives body to oil paint. After building up many textured layers I then have the excitement of digging or 'excavating' into the paint, rather like an archaeologist! Not always knowing what I will find really does inspire a more abstract approach to my work. My love of rocks and stones, and the geology and hidden cultural history that lies beneath our feet, all give me the perfect subject matter for exploring this wonderful medium.
For my 'beyond' paintings, I again build up the layers to hide , then reveal, suggestions of landscape towards horizons, seen through veils of different weathers and atmospheres.
I am also enjoying making beads which have been inspired by researching adornments from antiquity and other cultures. My beads are shaped by hand and decorated using a variety of pigments and metallic powders and then threaded into necklaces separated by small glass seed beads which I source from around the world. I like the idea that the necklaces may have been found in ancient tombs and chambers, hence the name for my collection of work: "De Terra".
My Cottage Studio in my garden is my creative haven, and also provides a place from where I can sell my work. But I also need the company of other artists and my space at grid studios is the perfect stimulating and friendly environment to discuss and share ideas with a great bunch of like-minded people.
Work in progress
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