artist’s statement
I’ve been drawing and painting ever since I can remember. When I moved to Lyme Regis from London over 25 years ago, I was determined to get out and paint as much as possible. I find the beauty of the surrounding countryside and coast a constant source of inspiration in all seasons and all weathers. Although I’m now firmly rooted here, I love travelling too, and always take my sketchbook with me wherever I go, so that I usually return with a few ideas to work up into a painting. For a number of years I worked mostly in soft pastel, a medium I still enjoy for its directness, the purity of its colours and its ability to cover a large area quickly. In the late ‘80s I also started stone-carving and completed a number of small pieces, but I found the medium a difficult one to work in for long periods. My current aim is to move towards a more abstract style, but whatever the style, I find colour, texture and light in the landscape are what really inspire me, and painting, in any medium, is still my first love. As a member of a women’s art group ‘Redder Splash!’ in South London, I exhibited regularly in a number of galleries throughout the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, including the South London Art Gallery and the Cafe Gallery in Southwark Park. In July 2007 I had a solo exhibition at the Axminster Arts Cafe. Every year since 2007, to its final show in 2016, I had work in the Lyme Regis ArtsFest. From November 2011 to 2012 I had three stone carvings on permanent display at The Gallery, Hi Ho Silver, Honiton. More recently I have had work in a number of group exhibitions at the Town Mill & the Malthouse in Lyme Regis. My work is currently on permanent display at Lucy Campbell Jewellery, Miller’s Parlour, The Town Mill, Mill Lane, Lyme Regis, DT7 3PU. I also have work in private collections, both in the UK and abroad.