Female artists still under-represented in major galleries

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in Female artists

  ‘Figures compiled by the Guardian paint a dismal portrait of women artists exhibiting in major galleries, in the UK and abroad. But are things changing?’ Read more in this excellent article by Hannah Ellis-Peterson.   (Guardian 6 Feb, 2017) ‘…female artists account for just 4% of the National Gallery of Scotland’s collection; 20% of […]

The Last Garderner of Aleppo

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in Works on paper

My picture ‘The Last Gardener of Aleppo’ was made in tribute to Abu Ward and his son Ibrahim, following the screening in 2016 of the Channel 4 News documentary, ‘The Last Garden Centre in Aleppo’,   I can’t think of any medium more apt than paper – which is both robust and fragile – to depict this subject.

Loving Vincent in animation

Posted by on Oct 31, 2016 in Process

How to paint 65,000 pictures in the style of Van Gogh for an animated feature film about the life of Van Gogh.

Why People Collect Art

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in Art Collecting

Collectors have described to me their own personal motivations for collecting art.  This article  by Erin Thompson suggests further reasons why people collect art, which, despite popular perception, has little to do with financial gain.  

Mother Earth

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Sculpture

Climbing a hill, during a flying visit to Budapest this summer, I came across this wonderful sculpture – Wagner Nandor’s ‘Mother Earth’ (1983).

The View Beneath My Feet

Posted by on Aug 26, 2016 in Influences, Process, Works on paper

Spent a family walk in the country (chosen for its breathtaking views) photographing the ground.  Exasperating for co-walkers, but who can possibly resist these patterns and textures?  

Battle of the Somme Centenary

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Works on paper

Tomorrow is the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. I’ve been working for some time with the poppy as my subject matter and now seems a good time to share three of these images.  Paper can be both fragile and resilient, so it is with the poppy; this, together with its poignant symbolism, makes it the ideal subject for exploring the interconnections between process, […]

Six Nations Championship – England v. Wales

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Uncategorised, Works on paper

The beers are in; bring on the rugby!  Six Nations Championship this Saturday. SPORTSMAN; (paper, pencil on board;  29 x 26.4 cm unframed).

Talent will out

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Uncategorised

Artist’s 100 paintings found in attic in Porthcawl – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-35729697

From pulp to paper – trees in art

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Tools, Trees

Trees have become increasingly useful as a device in my work. They’ve always interested me; I’m drawn not only to their appearance, but also to their diversity of form and function, both in art and life. In my images they function in a variety of ways. They lead the eye to a focal point; often they serve to […]