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I work with a mixture of painting media, collage and printmaking. Most of my prints are unique (one-off) pieces, including monoprints, linocuts, collagraphs and collage in which printmaking is the main element. My main subjects are weather and water, particularly coast and estuaries. As well as the constantly changing natural landscape, I’m mindful of the impacts of changing climate, rising sea levels and erosion. Based near Southampton, I’m well placed for sketching throughout the year along the south coast, particularly the area around the Hamble River and Southampton Water. This is a busy stretch of coast with constant movement of the tide and boats.
Though, I do not have formal art training, I’ve gained considerable artistic knowledge and experience through a combination of informal art courses at various locations, including the Red Hot Press printmaking workshop in Southampton, where I’m a member. I have greatly benefited from belonging to local art groups’ programmes of tutored workshops, outdoor painting days and artist demonstrations.
This summer, I was among the twenty printmakers exhibiting with Red Hot Press in the gallery at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens. My work has been selected for the annual AppArt show and its previous incarnation in west Surrey, Vivartis, since 2006. I’ve had work accepted for open exhibitions Southampton City Art Gallery; St. Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington; the Oxmarket Centre for Arts, Chichester and Mottisfont House throughout the past decade.
While I was living in the Farnham area during the 2000s, I was an Exhibiting Member of Farnham and Guildford Art Societies and always had work accepted for their annual exhibitions at the James Hockey Gallery in Farnham and Guildford House respectively. I now belong to groups in Fareham and Warsash. I’m Secretary of Warsash Art Group.