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.
Destruction For Lift - Off
This collection began with a piece called “Paper Flowers”. It is a room I used to live in a long time ago. The only flowers that could grow there were made of paper. The only stairs there to climb led somewhere out of the frame.We all have a dual existence: the physically perceived way of living that runs alongside an internal dialogue. These two reels often play the same piece of film, but at times they digress from each other, neither one switching off but the outer one certainly not representative of the inner.
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.
The Silence in Thunder
Artists tap into thunder, like a conducting rod, transforming it into sounds and images. I sketch and paint whilst immersed in the subject matter until I am dreaming the images that I am painting. This series of musicians stem from an impromptu concert I was invited to. What happened was incredible. I was sitting in the front row and felt surrounded by, and part of the music being created.
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.
Series of Four
The Series of Four are a continuation and deepening of the Coming Home and Moving On theme. The Series of Four are autobiographical of the four years of life before the pivotal event of moving back to Dorset two years earlier. The first three paintings are a prequel to the previous exhibition "Inside Is". The final piece is about a feeling of freedom, but I have an idea that I may be filling the gap between piece 3 and 4 with sub headings for the rest of my life: it has unearthed huge possibilities…