I am a mixed media artist in that I am always experimenting and looking for different ways of working and using my art materials. I would define myself as a painter, who also loves print and textiles – one interest influences the other, and I frequently combine all three in my work. So a painted canvas may feature stitching, or block printing, or a felt wall hanging will be inspired by a previous painting.
I tend to work in a semi-abstract manner with colour, shapes, and pattern always a key factor. My etchings, on the other hand, focus on subject and line. I am never short of ideas and subjects to paint – I have far more than I will ever have time to develop in my lifetime.
One great source of inspiration is my travels to India. I adore Indian textiles – dyeing fabrics, indigo, block printing and embroidery, especially Kantha (simple running stitch) embroidery. This past year I have continued to explore block printing techniques, and after a visit to the Gujarat region of India in November, I have begun to experiment with developing etchings from the many photographs that I have of the people living in rural villages.
I regularly exhibit my artwork and textiles and take part in Open Studio events, and I have exhibited my paintings with Silverdale Art Group for many years. A number of people are keen collectors and I welcome commissions.
This year I will be exhibiting my paintings, etchings and some textiles. There will be giclee prints of my work and handmade cards available. I will have my block printing workspace set up, and will be demonstrating throughout the weekend, and there will be the opportunity for visitors who wish to, to have a try at block printing.
I am delighted to be teaming up with Lin at her house and studio, and we both look forward to meeting everybody during the Art Trail weekend.