Paintings

Childhood & Animals

If we are lucky, as children we grow, learning how the world works. We entrust others with our wellbeing and lives, share experiences, discover our power and powerlessness, and during that time our reality and imagination merge.
As an artist, I try to retain that duality, where abstract thoughts can become visible through marks or colour, different times share space, and ideas are transformed into something real.
In these paintings, I witness and paint childhood, explore vulnerability, the transient nature of relationships, trust and power.

Painting: A seated boy has won 3rd prize for making a vegetable animal, in A la Rhonde .
Painting:A flying angel wearing red, and with a halo in a blue sky.

Angels

In the Bible and throughout art history, Angels are Gods messengers, they guide us when we need help and link us with those who have passed.
It is for these reasons I so often turn to them for creative and spiritual inspiration.

Still Life

“When in April the sweet showers fall
And pierce the drought of March to the root, and all
The veins are bathed in liquor of such power
As brings about the engendering of the flower”

These are the lines from the General Prologue of The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer. To me, they sum up my own joy at seeing the first flowers coming through, after a long grey winter, the welcome of spring, renewal and rebirth. Garden flowers and fruits, objects of significance. I gather them together to paint in my studio, in new spring light. They remind me of the transitory nature of life, and like Chaucer and his pilgrims, help me to celebrate a life lived, and journeys yet to come.

Painting:A Still life withs 3 eggs . Green china on an orange table top.
Painting:Cliffs and cottages with a boat and harbour beneath .

Places

I love Cornwall, and some places feel like they are in my very bones.

It is Porthleven where I had my first proper studio after college, in the old Net Lofts, overlooking the harbour. It was a luxury for space and subject matter, but not for warmth and home comforts during the winter months. It inspired a lot of paintings during the years I worked there.

The seaside village of Marazion also holds precious memories of childhood holidays, and who wouldn’t wonder at the sight of St. Michaels Mount.

It is there that Avalon Gallery has sold my paintings for so many years, and up the road at All Saints Church hangs the large commissioned painting about Pilgrimage.

Politics

Social injustice, democracy and power, Man's inhumanity to man, greed and lies, Sacrifice, duty and love.

As I try to understand the world. These are just a few points of reference I have reflected on in this collection of small oil paintings on board.
They are a part of the 100 Painted Vows series, which were made to mark significant events, as offerings or Ex Votives for a sacred site.

War Painting:Putin stands and watches injured children with 3 bombers flying over an exploding building.
Painting:Showing Environmental Crime and Global Warming with A Polar bear on a tiny bit of ice, rows of traffic, an elephant dying of thirst , and a baby kangaroo with bandaged limbs .

The Environment

Humans appear to have an unconscious drive to destroy our planet. So it is heartening to witness enlightened young people around the world working together to remind us of our urgent need to value what we have and recognise our planets fragility, our interdependence and the need to change behaviour. 

The natural world and animals, remain ongoing themes in my work. These small oil paintings on board, are from the 100 Painted Vows series, made as offerings or Ex Votives.