The source for my artworks is the world of nature. I live and work on a smallholding in the Welsh countryside. Every day I am exposed to the primary source of my research. I draw the designs for plant shapes and patterns directly from the wild and cultured plants growing in my garden and the hedgerow.
I love walking, in the hills and along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path. The changing weather and seasons inspire the colours I use in my paintings. On my walks I take photographs and I use these to recapture the memories of the scenes or plants I have seen along the way. I have been a collector of photographs and images of nature all my adult life. This has been a hobby for me. Now this collection provides invaluable source material for my work.
I am lucky to have a wonderful studio adjacent to my home, a light airy building with large windows giving views of the garden and fields around me. So when I am working I am immersed in my subject. I am not settled in one medium. I use acrylics, pastels, pen and ink, pigments, oils, in fact whatever I feel will give me the colour or texture I wish to create. Similarly with the support, I work on canvas, paper, board, fabric, anything which will safely hold the medium.
In my work I am constantly exploring methods and mediums. My style adjusts according to the mood I wish to create, ordered and graphic one time to random and wild in another picture. At present I have a new development of printing, which I am “playing” with and testing to discover the best way of incorporating this technique into my paintings. My artistic life is not set on one road, I enjoy the challenge of variety in methods and mediums.
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