Welcome to my Studio!
Mixed media paintings
Working in acrylics with mixed media I like painting realistic and semi abstract land and seascapes, as well as still life images.
Woven Fibre Vessels and Natural Treasures
I weave vessels from interesting fibres such as banana silk, paper string or linen thread and often incorporate natural elements such as dried flowers, feathers or shells. I also make wall hangings with found natural treasures.
Botanical Plaster Casts
My botanical impressions preserve textures and patterns of plant life in wonderful detail. To make them I arrange and then press plants, leaves and flowers gathered from my garden or surrounding countryside, into clay. When these are removed the remaining impression is filled with fine plaster and the subsequent cast reveals the beautiful flowers and leaves in delicate relief. I sometimes paint the backgrounds, giving a cameo effect and others are decorated with insects – these trompe l’oeil additions are hand painted in watercolour.
Handmade Books and Cards
I love making things with paper – from simple folded books to more complicated stitched and bound books, often incorporating my own prints, paintings or drawings and pressed flowers. I collect decorative paper and fold origami butterflies for cards and envelopes.
I make monoprints and monotypes with botanical or abstract themes. What’s the difference? Essentially, a monoprint will have a matrix – the physical surface from which an image is printed i.e. linocut or collagraph plate, that can be reused several times to create prints, whereas a monotype is a one off printed image and does not have this reusable matrix.
Watercolour paintings & Illustrations
Flora and fauna are my favourite subjects to paint with watercolour. I often use a gessoed surface for added texture and unpredicability!