As a trained fine artist I chose to move from paint to fibre sixteen years ago to add depth in my explorations of colour, texture and form. My vibrant and considered artworks are in sympathy with the natural beauty of the land/seascapes in Dumfries & Galloway.
We find ourselves in very strange times. Our beautiful Mull of Galloway is silent, we have no visitors and expect none for the foreseeable future. My gallery, The Mull of Gallery opened in mid-March, had one visitor, and promptly shut!
This Covid-19 has had a massive impact on various aspects of my business, my creativity has enjoyed the quiet space and time to reflect and experiment, to make commissions and develop work but I have sorely missed seeing visitors. I have missed my teaching both in the community and in the studio here on the Mull. I have balanced my energies with developing a studio garden and a gallery garden to draw future inspiration from.
I am developing new 3D forms, felted vessels and making smaller items which will be more affordable and be able to be posted out. I am exploring the nature of more mixed media in my felt paintings using some hand dye specialist fibres with silk mixes and using specially dyed (gorse yellows!) Teeswater and blue faced Leicester locks. I am achieving a slightly more 3D effect.
I have enjoyed journaling again having the time to do it, I have a ‘Lockdown Sketchbook’ which I update daily and use as a source of research for my felt paintings. I have made a series of A4 and A5 felted sketchbooks which are unique in design and very versatile, these can be found on my website.
I am not sure I should be saying this but I have really enjoyed my time……time to plan, reorganise, think, experiment and have some much needed family time to walk on the Mull of Galloway collecting thoughts, ideas, colour schemes and looking at reinventing my work based on my training as an abstract painter and my most recent work Mull Cove is reflective of this.