I try to express my feelings on the canvas, whether that is a response to the landscape and sea views around me, or an expression of my inner emotions through colour and texture.
Water frequently appears in my work, whether it is the lakes I grew up around in Cumbria or the sea views I look out on every day.
I work mainly in acrylics and oils and like to incorporate texture into my work. I have a love of bold colour, though I have noticed my normal colour palette has been more subdued this year. I have also found myself working on much smaller pieces since the pandemic began, a huge canvas feels a little too challenging at the moment.
I consider myself a multi-disciplinary artist with a passion for bold colour as the unifying factor across all my work.
I spent several years studying traditional bookbinding with a retired master binder and still enjoy making books and passing on the traditional skills to others.
I enjoy using up scraps of paper and even ‘failed’ paintings to create tiny books and I am particularly fond of folded accordian structures.
I love to learn new skills and have spent the last few years getting more involved with dyeing, particularly silk and wool. I dye my own fibre to spin my own yarn and my recent experiments have involved fusing dyed silks together into a paper like translucent material which I have combined with watercolour to create interesting abstract paintings.
I love to work intuitvely, aiming to create a mood or feeling rather than a snapshot of what I see. I use painting as a tool to help me understand myself and make sense of the world and often surprise myself with the results.
I love the ancient Greek idea that artists studios have a spirit (that they called a genius) living in the walls and it is this spirit that makes a painting good or bad. Before I came across this concept, I used to refer to my pixies who would stay up all night and correct my mistakes because a painting always has more to show you after you have stepped away and ignored it for a while.
When not engaged in artistic pursuits, I am the creative half of Glendrian, a graphic design, web design and more recently a video editing business which I run with my husband Adrian. I specialise in working with artists and creative makers to help overcome their fear of technology and put systems in place that work for them.