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Poetry and painting – finding moments of joy

I’m excited to share with you that I’m putting the finishing touches to a series of nine paintings called “Flying Low,” inspired by some beautiful words by the poet Mary Oliver: “Today I’m flying low and I’m not saying a word. I’m letting all the voodoos of ambition sleep. The world goes on as it must, the bees in the garden rumbling a little, the fish leaping, the gnats getting eaten. And so forth. But I’m taking the day off. Quiet as a feather. I hardly move though really I’m traveling a terrific distance. Stillness. One of the doors into the temple.” Mary Oliver, A Thousand Mornings. I made most of the pieces in this series, during the coronavirus crisis. With so many going through such worrying and difficult times, I tried to keep positive and focus on …

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What inspires you?

This is the question I get asked more than any other about my painting. It’s not an easy one to answer as inspiration comes from everywhere: lines in the landscape, peeling posters on a building, the colour palette in a cushion, the curve of  a beautiful handmade pot. Or an idea, such as joy or …

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Fall in love with art

Valentine’s Day shopping can be stressful. Anyone can give flowers and chocolates but if you want to give a memorable gift, it can be tricky to find just the right thing. Flowers die and chocolates get eaten, but art lasts forever!  A limited edition print could be the answer. It will still be around to …

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Summer stars

It’s been a very busy ol’ time lately. In June I took part in my first open studios, joining 300+ other artists showing their work in Warwickshire. A huge thank you to everyone that came to visit my stand at Market Hall Museum, Warwick to look at art, talk about art, and buy art! I …

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