My paintings often start with ink or charcoal. Bold and gestural. These marks are softened under layers of gesso and acrylic paint. I rarely have a conscious plan, certainly no outcome. Painting for me is really just another form of deep listening. I love all parts of the process especially that knife edge moment of every painting when the only way to move it forward is to break the spell, roughen the edges, throw it off the cliff. That's when the magic happens.
I like to finish the work by sanding. This flat surface provides contrast to the many layers and the history of the piece.
Finally, the painting is sealed and given a cold wax finish which gives a durable, soft sheen.
Sussex Printmaking Studio Member UK Sculptural Forms Debbie Lyddon UK Rust Printing Alice Fox UK Eco Print being (t)here India Flint residency Scotland UK Years 1 &2 Committed to Cloth Claire Benn and Leslie Morgan UK Ralph Levy Studio Potter UK
Sussex Printmaking Studios Brighton and Horsham Worthing Museum
Outback Instillation Australia
Artist Open Houses
Brighton and Hove AoH Ditchling trail 2019
Brighton and Hove AoH Ditchling Trail 2020
Brighton and Hove AoH joint Online Exhibition 2021 as Black Barn
Member of Art in Ditchling Visit Ditchling as Turner Dumbrell Workshops
I work from my Studio in Ditchling, East Sussex, part of the Turner Dumbrell Foundation. We are a collective of 20 artist and makers with Studios and Workshops that are open to the public during the Artists Open Houses Festival in May and by appointment. Ditchling is a small, very beautiful village in the South Downs National Park and as much as I love and miss Australia, I am very lucky to have landed here.
My Studio Instagram @theprintapothecary
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