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I work in watercolour or more recently gouache. I have adopted gouache for a series of paintings inspired by pre-war railway posters which were originally created in that medium. Most of these paintings are landscapes and street-scenes created from my photographs of south Oxfordshire.
As well as using gouache, I have added a title strip to my paintings that reflect those of the original posters. I have used Sans Gill as the font as that style was created for London Underground’ posters from 1928 onwards to add a further element of realism. I have also created a series of aircraft paintings, in the same style, as this is the year of the VE Day commemorations. This style of painting reflects my enjoyment of architectural subjects, detail and realism and my passion for drawing.
Clearly, I’ve been influenced by the original artists but also current artists who specialize in this type of work such as Alan Tyers and Kevin Williamson.
I’ve greatly enjoyed producing artwork on this theme and I’m pleased to say so have several others who have bought my paintings.
I specialise in illustration and portraiture. I exhibit regularly as a member of The Oxford Art Society, take part in Oxfordshire Artweeks annually and, in 2015, was selected to exhibit in the prestigious Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition. I exhibit frequently in local galleries. I am particularly drawn to the stories hidden in our local environment of tree, copse land and sky. I enjoy watching the slow interaction between trees and the way they settle in the landscape. Using ink techniques, I explore the atmosphere of this environment in all its woody detail, linking tree to sky, creating a sense of slow history. I also aim to capture the movement and character of birds and animals (often threatened species) which live in our wooded environments and skies, using both graphite and etching techniques.2
I have been creating jewellery for the past 15 years. At first I was making items from gemstones and playing with colour and various designs then a friend then told me about an evening class running to learn the basics of silversmithing and from that moment on I was hooked. I have now graduated to making jewellery from sterling silver cutlery.
I find it fascinating what ideas and creations can be made with just a piece of silver. The tines of a fork once annealed will bend and fold into a beautiful ring or bangle. A small butter knife will loop round a finger to make a chunky ring. Spoons make fantastic earrings.
My favourite part of making cutlery jewellery is that until I finish a project I never really know how it will turn out. I may have in mind a particular item I want to make but sometimes the silver has other ideas and creates its own design as I work.
My inspiration comes from the world around me. I just see a shape or texture of something which then gives me the idea to create with a piece of cutlery that may have sat in my collection for months and I just know it’s the right design for that piece.
I love the fact that I am using old pieces of cutlery or broken jewellery to create something new. So if grandma’s old silver sugar tongs are hidden away in a drawer they can be re-purposed into a bangle that you can wear everyday as a reminder of her.