welcome to my gallery
"..filled with enchantment and an invitation to wander"
Lockdown in Britain coincided with the blooming of the bluebell woods. We were allowed an hours exercise a day, and I sought out the bluebell woods of Stanmer Park and the South Downs. Bathing in the blue I was inspired by the dark carpet of ultramarine and periwinkle with the promise of light sparkling through...
Come for walk in the park?
I lived in a house backing onto Richmond Park for almost 20 years, and had a lovely wheaten terrier named Wilf who delighted in a good long walk in the park every day, rain or shine, sleet or snow.
The park became a source of constant inspiration.
I’ve used a wide variety of media for my work, watercolor collage, oil paint , and more recently Printmaking, both monoprint and solar plate etching.
With the solar plate etchings and collages, I am incorporating an etching of a beautiful old map from 1828.
The work isn’t simply representation of the park, but I try to make it a portal into the realm of thoughts and ideas and memories.
Victoria Crowe says, “I begin with acute observation. Then imagination and association transform objective reality into a complex personal dialogue, evolve layers of meaning elaborated by personalmemories, set against the vastness of historic time.”
Me too! She says it more eloquently than I could, but it is exactly what my work is trying to be.
So please, step into the paintings and come on a walk in the park with me , with all your own memories and associations.
I am a California girl, born and raised in the Bay Area, and the sunshine and the colour and light and space of my beautiful state has always informed my work.
Most of my painting is based around my home in Santa Cruz, a beachtown 70 miles south of San Francisco. The awesome beauty of the California coast is almost overwhelming. Most of my work has been an oil and I feel like just begun.
i’m also very moved by the subtler landscapes of the foothills of the Sierras, and especially the outrageous super bloom of California poppies. In 2020, these orange flowers covered such a vast areas they were visible from space!
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