Scottish and Italian landscape inspired works  and  semi  abstract still lifes form the basis of this year’s show. Acrylics, oils, and mixed media – are all used to create vibrant, colourful compositions. Observed drawings and my own photo references are the starting points for these. 

Recent Developments 

During this time of isolation I am taking the opportunity to give my studio a much needed Spring clean! It is a huge job. I think it is 6 years since I last had this kind of clear out and my studio has become rather full, especially since that is when I started working with polymer clay as well as paint. So it is time to get reorganised. 

So, at the moment I am mainly working with my one if a kind polymer clay jewellery. On my website you will see lots more of these unique pieces, including earrings, pendants, bracelets and brooches. 

You can now purchase directly from my jewellery shop and I will post the items to you. While current restrictions last, I will only be doing this every Tuesday. 

I am also delving into the, new to me, world of online tutorials. I have been teaching for a long time. What I love is the one to one personal contact with students. However, as that is not possible for the foreseeable future, I decided to give video a go. My workshops are usually fairly structured and I always give students quite detailed notes to take away. So it is a matter of getting my head around a different way of presenting. I am enjoying it, but is a steep learning curve! I intend to persevere! 

When my clear up is done I will continue with my landscape and still life paintings. At the moment I am particularly enjoying working in oils with acrylic under painting and a bit of mixed media with collage added in. 

The landscapes are derived from places I love – in Italy, the hill town of Casole d’Elsa where I have been leading summer workshops for over two decades, and Scottish landscapes inspired by water, coastlines and hills and my experiences of texture, colour, light and atmosphere. I make on the spot sketches and photographs which are used as reference in the studio. Their development is through imagination and the process of interaction with the materials. 

My still life subjects are things from around the house and studio and I often work in a series with several different works on one main subject. I also like to make paintings with multiple images, such as tryptichs. 

I hope to see you all again when the world is a safer place. 

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