Canvas & Rock

A fusion of paint, charcoal and neon- some of the media used in this latest collection. Ancient and modern themes married together - contemporary people and place with pathways into the sedimentary layers of deep time. The land personified. “Canvas & Rock” is a joyful celebration of time layered into rock where it’s treasures are amassed into art and stories. Lying back on living soil and dreaming of what’s beyond the blueness of the sky, puzzling rainbows and how something as transient as weather will be recorded in the rock. Like a palaeontologist offered fragments of a fossil; this exhibition considers mechanisms beyond surface ticks. Some of the art works included - Eggardon as a nest- a place where a hillside topography is evocative of strata, and where the golden evening light, almost tangible, joins the sky to earth. Fish in ponds through scrub in the woods, so pregnant with water that river sources spring everywhere… Vitality seems all the more evident through the powerful presence of 185 million years of geological history.

Old Oven Stories

This exhibition at “Le Vieux Four” patisserie, in Beaminster, is about the twin themes of food and stories that people essentially went there for. Working directly from life reveals insightful behavioural characteristics hinting at the bent of the stories being told. This intuitive method feeds into the narrative of the painting just as the building is the people who frequent it and vice versa.

Sugar and Spice

Earth mothers raw with their newborn, interior furnishings of manners and civilisation contrasting reality from the gauzy void of the girl with her dolls on the floor. A girl playing with a doll’s house dressed, with big godly hands, and the truth of the part of the house in Hitchcock-like darkness. A Lorcaesque mother embroidering a story onto the dress of her daughter.

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