Whole tracks of my creative life have been funded by portrait commissions.
I love working far from home, where there are no expectations, where my work is immediate and personal in sketchbooks, or as small plain-air paintings. My practice is grounded from these diverse and exciting opportunities where I have observed, sketched and painted as part of some amazing Art Residencies in both Polar Regions, Arctic and Antarctic and on further explorations while travelling with Inuit hunters in Greenland. I have been fortunate to lecture and give talks on these expeditions.
Yet the really hard work, the paintings, are done back in my studio in Kent.
The stay-at-home Pandemic did me a favour, in my own wilderness with all exhibitions cancelled, and no expectations I was able to ‘play’. I taught myself to make paper as I try to fulfil some creative ideas. I returned to painting and sketching the garden, myself, and the wilderness around me, as I did in Mallorca.
I am a member of the Society of Women Artists (SWA) and sat on the council between 2009-16. I regularly exhibit at the Mall Gallery, London. Am a founding member of AVA and take part in South East Open Studios and have articles published on painting and illustration.