My work focuses on landscape in its varieties – urban, rural, coastal and sometimes wild. I am interested in how the landscape changes with the passage of time – not just seasonal change but how the landscape is shaped by human intervention, environmental forces, climate change and nature’s adaptations.
My process involves the use of mixed water media on paper. Works are typically built in layers of paint and collage which are often torn back. This process continues until the desired effect is achieved.
Collage papers sometimes include printed text but are usually hand prepared papers.These exploit the textural effects that can be achieved with the physical behaviour of watercolour on various paper types. Sometimes paper properties such as texture or absorbency are modified to get different effects. I also use innovative techniques exploiting the interaction between watercolour and acrylic on different papers.
I am chair of the Reading Guild of Artists and have exhibited with the Royal Watercolour Society Contemporary Watercolour Competition, the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colour, the Discerning Eye and the Sunday Times Watercolour competition. The Making a Mark blog described my “Pendeen Clifftop” as one of the best 10 paintings in the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2019.
I was the originator and main organiser for the Reading Gaol Hug which saw Reading Gaol surrounded by about 1000 people linking hands as part of the Save Reading Gaol campaign to have it as a cultural centre and museum. In 2020, with Terry Dixon, I co-authored the book “Reading’s Influential Women” published by Two Rivers Press.
I am proud to have been elected an Associate of the Royal Watercolour Society in 2021.
My work has been featured in The Artist magazine (April 2021) and the Spring 2022 edition of the American publication Watercolor Artist. It has also been included in several books.
“an innovative, non-traditional approach that focuses on texture”