There’s nothing like a quick trip to the seaside for a spot of inspiration. Wandering with my camera I soon find images to record and save and top of the list are tiles and old doors. I just love the way tiles are used to cover outside walls in the most fabulous colour, and that peeling paint, well it’s delightful to see the years of layers peeling away.
Here is a small collection of mixed media artwork based around bottles and jars, quite different from my large scale landscape paintings.
These works are layered using a variety of media to create the final image. They begin with an acrylic paint wash then blocks of colour in gouache are added. The gouache has a chalky appearance in comparison to the acrylic base. The drawings are added using a mono printing technique and finally some pieces are stitched into. The images are then printed to create a variety of products including limited edition prints, cushions, coasters & cards, china mugs etc. All work is available to view and purchase at Blue Florist in Shifnal and at my Studio at Fusion in Jackfield.
One Flower. One of a series of 3 original mixed media, framed in a chunky whitewashed frame £175
The story of tiles is long and fascinating. The function of tiles varies hugely from a simple domestic item such as a table mat to total protection of buildings or floors. Everywhere I go I discover more examples of decorative tiles and more often than not I feel the need to photograph them. Tile art and design tells a story and depicts a moment in time, they reflect a style and period.
The photography here is all from the city of Porto, one of my favourites when it comes to wandering with my camera. There seem to be tiles everywhere, on houses, shop fronts, railway stations, churches both inside and out, on the floor and on the ceiling, there are no boundaries!
Welcome to my new art website and blog. Here I will be sharing my story of how my journey has brought me to where I am today.
Special moments in time …….
A longstanding love of nature, crumbling architecture and decoration provide a constant and exciting source of inspiration for my work. Imagery is recorded in my sketchbook whilst out exploring on my travels. There are no pre conceived ideas and the final outcome is always unknown and I have no idea how the work will develop or end. Once back in the studio, my work develops and instinctively evolves.
A fusion of paint, fabrics, metals, stitching etc. indeed whatever materials or technique is required, is used to create colourful, textured artworks. My work is usually (but not always) uplifting and joyous, often reflecting a sense of place, or a moment in time, reminding the viewer of somewhere, something or someone…..
Original artworks are for sale, many are available as limited edition prints, greeting cards, scarves etc.