Acrylic on stretched canvas
Dimensions: 59.8cm (H) x 59.8cm (W) x 3.8cm (D) / 23.5" (H) x 23.5" (W) x 1.5" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
This is a square format painting which was inspired by time spent on a small island off the south west coast of Ireland in the spring of 2018; it aims to capture the dance of light and dark, storm and calm, and the misty edges between land and sea.
It is painted using professional artist quality acrylics on deep edge canvas and has a coat of varnish for protection: the sides are painted white. The painting is initialled in the lower right front and is labelled/signed in full on the reverse. it has picture hooks and cord on the back so is ready to hang. It will be carefully packaged and sent tracked with a reputable carrier: a signed Certificate of Authenticity will be included.
This painting was exhibited in 2021 as part of the Ludlow Fringe Festival Art Trail, where it attracted much attention.
Based in: Shropshire
I was born near London and spent my teenage years on the Isle of Wight, an island off the south coast of England. After university in the UK and Canada I spent many years working as a speech and language therapist in the NHS and in education settings, and took additional qualifications in dance movement therapy and in community dance practice.
I have been a painter all my adult life and a full time painter since 2016. I am passionate about the importance of movement and creativity in the development of the whole person.
My work is inspired by my past travels through the hills, valleys and coastlines of Wales, Scotland, mainland Europe and New Zealand, and more recently by the beautiful and ancient landscapes of the Welsh Marches on the border between England and Wales where I live.
I use mainly water-based media: inks, acrylics and watercolours, depending on the subject and my mood. If I'm feeling contemplative, then I work quite loosely with with ink and watercolour, allowing the paint to flow and blend as it will. At other times I like to work more energetically with acrylics, building up layers to create interesting textures, scraping paint off and and scoring marks into the surface.
I rarely plan out paintings beforehand as I prefer to work intuitively in the initial stages, taking inspiration from my sketches and photographs following the impulse of memory and feelings about a place or view, and refining the details of the composition more deliberately later.
I exhibit regularly, and my paintings have found homes with buyers from as far afield as Peru, Greece, Sweden and the USA.
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