Shallows of the Derwent, acrylic on 60x60cm canvas & Hope Cove, 60cm x 30cm – recent commissions
2014 was a brilliant year. As well as being my most successful year to date, I was highly commended in the Buxton Spa Prize, and my painting chosen for the cover of the Buxton Festival brochure for 2015. I was also a finalist in Artist & Illustrators Artist of the Year. I hope to enter more competitions and shows this year! As ever my style continues to steadily evolve, and I’m finding that sketching outside is greatly influencing my use of colour.
High Summer, Buxton – highly commended at the Buxton Spa Prize, and Little Light, finalist in Artist of the Year 2014
2015 got off to an intense start with plans for two solo exhibitions. I’m really excited to be showing at the fantastic Derbyshire Tarpey Gallery, preview 6pm on April 11th. I’ve called the exhibition ‘From River to Sea ‘ – I just love trying to catch the light and feel of water in paint. Would love to see you there! I’m also exhibiting some of my works in liquid graphite, a medium sent to me for review by Jacksons Art Supplies. An enjoyable thing to provide!
On the River, 78cm x 58cm acrylic on board and Wave Watching, acrylic on 120cm canvas - The Tarpey Gallery
Next I will be exhibiting in the most amazing of places - Fort Clonque in Alderney, my ancestral home, as part of the Alderney Arts Festival in May. Also, for the third year in a row, I am running a workshop week for some of the brilliant local artists, one of the highlights of my year. Last summer I sat on the cliffs and painted the coast around from the fort – just stunning. Not as grey as it looks in the photo! Alderney is an incredibly idyllic, wild place, and a second home to me – can’t wait to return.
Alderney Lighthouse, 48cmx58cm acrylic on board – Alderney Arts Festival
I’m really happy to be included in the stable of artists at The Harbour Gallery, Portscatho this year. They also work with Create Cornwall, at the Scarlet and Bedruthan hotels at Mawgan Porth, and I’ve been loving the trips down there in order to keep them stocked up! Such a beautiful part of the world.
Breezy Days, St Anthony, 35cm x 45cm acrylic on board – The Harbour Gallery
I continue to have work selling from The Mulberry Tree down in Dorset, the Brownston and Hope Cove galleries in Devon, and I’m about to send some new work up to Scotland Art in Glasgow – acrylic on paper, a change for me. I went to Loch Rannoch in early February which wasn’t short on inspiration – here is a painting of the beautiful loch-side. Also in Scotland, I’m currently exhibiting in a mixed show at La Galerie 1940 in Edinburgh – it’s lovely to have work back in my favourite city!
I’ve also recently joined up with Wychwood Gallery, based in the Cotswolds, who will be taking a selection of my work to the Bristol Art fair later this year. This then takes me up to my third solo exhibition this year at the Cathedral Gallery in Derby, Light on the Sea, in October. Brilliantly busy, I just need to fit it all in!
Thanks for reading – hope the pics brighten up your day!