Where else can we find you?
Where do you get your inspiration from?
My inspiration comes from nature and the world around me. I love wildlife, especially birds. I used to live in London and only ever saw pigeons, sparrows, crows and gulls, but since I have been in Bournemouth I have had to buy a book on British birds because so many different birds come to the garden and along the river, birds I had never seen before. I was ridiculously excited the first time I saw a heron! I also love to see farm animals and there are a few places locally where cows are free to wander beside the river amongst the walkers and this terrified me the first time I found myself within touching distance of a cow, but I love it now. I still love the pigeons, sparrows, crows and gulls though and they too appear frequently in my art.
My inspiration becomes artwork with preliminary sketches in a sketchbook, or spare paper, or even the back of paintings that I think haven't worked. I use these drawings to plan the composition, light source and tonal values and once I have something I'm happy with I transfer that to my watercolour paper and get splashing with the paint, or onto canvas where I block in with thin acrylic and then work over with thicker layers (fat over lean).
I don't wish I had done anything differently, because I believe mistakes and failures are good lessons - painful perhaps, but useful and sometimes the best lessons are the painful ones.
Well, I paint, draw, sew, knit, crochet, I've attended a millinery course so I can make hats and fascinators, probably the only things I haven't tried is pottery and silver jewellery making, so it would have to be those.
Where is your most favourite place on Earth?
What would your pirate name be?
Thank you so much for a great interview.