Painting and Textiles have always been part of my life, but only became serious occupations when I took early retirement 11 years ago. I am mostly self-taught.
Painting has evolved progressively from polished landscapes in pastel and acrylic, to more atmospheric pieces. Colour and texture play an essential part in the painting of imagined landscapes or places visited. First attracted to the French Impressionists when I was young, I have become interested in abstraction and the ways of reaching harmony using the elements of design.
Running in parallel, my journey through Textiles has made me explore a variety of techniques like wool spinning, tapestry weaving, rag hooking and felt making. I made many wearable accessories in crochet, knitting and Nuno felt and more recently felt wall hangings and vessels. My process is a blend of learned knowledge, intuition and reaction to how the work develops on the day, at times unpredictable.
I found networking most valuable to my practice, in particular the committee work I do for South East Open Studios.