I use watercolour experimentally from a strong knowledge of how pigments react, evoking spaces which refer to the coast nearby – estuary, salt marsh and industrial docklands. The light, texture and tonal range reflect the experience of feeling fragile and yet enchanted by impermanent natural conditions; environmental concerns are reflected in some recent work.
I currently work in education and also teach watercolour classes at my studio. In addition to watercolour, I work in oils, collage and drawing techniques in ways that allows them to find their own level. For example, I will experiment with flooding the paper and deliberately damaging the surface before adding pigment to give the image energy and discord. I like to create some jeopardy in the process and this experimentation is what drives me forward.
During the open studios weekend, I aim to be painting throughout and look forward to responding to any questions about watercolour or other materials. I will have work on show, including framed and unframed paintings, original miniatures/cards and loose work in my portfolio.