The inspiration for my paintings comes from two sources.
My training in ceramics and career as garden designer bring together the two aspects obvious in my still life paintings. The stylised flowers and beautifully quirky jugs, bottles and cups are composed using traditional mathematical approaches to design to combine formality and informality. The paintings are only finished when the balance of these two aspects are achieved and the colours fuse together into a harmonious whole.
As a horticulturalist I love plants and the forms of flowers. For my paintings I take the flowers out of context and put them into a domestic setting. As a trained ceramicist I’ve always been fascinated by the shapes of pots, and these feature strongly throughout my work. I like to explore the relationship between the transitory nature of the cut plant in contrast to the permanent solidity of the pot.
1971 – 74 St Marys College, Cheltenham, Glos
trained ceramicist and Cert Ed
1974 – 96 primary school teacher
1996 – 97 Berkshire College of Agriculture, Maidenhead, Berks
RHS Principles and Practices of Horticulture
1997 – 98 Capel Manor College, London
Principles and Practises of Garden Design
1998 – 2017 garden designer
2018 Jan painting, acrylic on paper
2018 April exhibit with RI (Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour)
Mall Galleries, London
2018 June exhibit with Buckland Gallery for the Broadway Festival
in the Cotswolds
2018 Aug represented by Cambridge Contemporary Arts
2018 Sept represented by Wychwood Art, Deddington, Oxon
2018 Sept represented by John Noott Galleries, Broadway, the Cotswolds
2018 Oct represented by Carina Haslam Art