A walk through the forest at night with a full moon illuminating the sturdy trunks and feathery branches is a magical experience. Trees are an endless source of inspiration and often feature in my work.
My landscapes are often inspired by the Autumn and Winter seasons, when everything in nature is stripped back and you can see the structure of the trees, sometimes as beautiful silhouettes against the sky. I love the textures of the ploughed fields and the gentle, muted tones of the landscape. I try to convey the quietness of these seasons through my paintings.
I've been painting birds for a long time; the nests and feathers are a more recent addition. I enjoy creating these little creatures and their homes from my imagination, as well as referencing birds that exist in nature.
I've had a fascination with the night sky and especially the moon for a long time. I hope my paintings convey some of the wonder I feel when I gaze up into an inky sky twinkling with billions of stars.
This series of astronomy paintings started in 2011 with the Imaginary Star Charts, moving on to the Luna and Moon & Stars paintings in 2013. The series continues to develop and evolve.
I've been painting on pebbles since 2011, when it occurred to me that my precise nature motifs and patterned designs would work well on a small scale, complementing this natural material. Each stone becomes a precious art object, displayed and sold individually as well as in collections of various sizes. I often have a design in mind before I start painting, but I'll allow the shape, colour, and natural markings of the stone to dictate the composition during the painting process.
My painted stones have been commissioned by magazines and book publishers, and have been featured in Homes & Gardens, Ideal Home and Resurgence & Ecologistmagazines in the UK, Flow magazine in the Netherlands, Hendes Verden in Denmark, and in the books Rock Art! by Denise Scicluna and 365 Nature by Anna Carlile.
Ready made collections can be found in my shop and I often work on special commissioned collections for private clients, so please contact me if you'd like me to create some painted stones especially for you.
Violet Vert is a new collection of work - she's also my alter ego! I wanted to feel free to experiment with some fresh ideas and a colour palette I wouldn't normally use, without feeling restricted or inhibited. The creation of a separate identity somehow allows me to feel as if I can do this with confidence.
I don't know where Violet Vert will lead me - but I'm looking forward to finding out!