Post-industrial shadow and light. Kunsthuis Gallery, Crayke, Yorks. until end October.
Rural east Suffolk: undramatic, hard working agricultural landscape. I love its forms and colours in all seasons and weathers, expressing this in oils, watercolour and acrylic. My East Anglian work reflects the “grace of the ordinary. Visits to other landscapes provide a fresh set of ideas. Scotland and Yorkshire will feature in my 2017 collections. 'Post-industrial shadow and light' is part of my Yorkshire remembered series.
Pushing watercolour towards abstraction, using loosely applied transparent glazes, I find out what the painting will be only as I follow this process over time.
I began painting in 1997 on moving from London to Suffolk. I am not formally trained but for several years worked individually with Julie Noad (oil painter) and in classes run by Wil Harvey (printmaker, watercolourist and oil painter).
As a Botany and Zoology graduate I have some understanding of the importance of coastal salt marshes, reed beds and water meadows many of which are now under threat. Living 5 miles inland along the River Blyth Valley in North Suffolk we are often aware how the Blyth is affected by tidal surges.If not contained within the managed water meadows, these events could be very damaging. Nearer the coast, mudflats, reed beds and salt marsh do their work in dissipating the destructive power of high tides. Extreme tidal surges threaten the structure of these habitats. These tensions enter my mark making and choice of colour palette sometimes, for example in the 2015/16 series "Under grey skies'.
The Blyth estuary a few miles away is also a serene light-filled space, reflecting our massive skies, and home to a huge wealth and variety of life forms. And the hard-worked fields around the village equally offer calm on my morning walks along favourite paths. I hope that some of this peacefulness is also communicated in my work.
I have meandered through life, along a not particularly thought-out path, discovering as I progressed, where my interests and skills lay. For nearly 30 years as a psychotherapist and Group Analyst, I accompanied people exploring their internal landscapes. My journey into mark-making has taken much the same form, following and eventually discerning the nature of the work. I've had work in The Mall Galleries and Bankside Gallery in London, and 2016 saw me on Sky Arts' "Landscape Artist of the Year" programme.
In 2017 I sense a need to devote time to being in my new studio and finding out what will emerge. Always glad to have visitors.