Upcoming featured artist exhibition at 'New Art Gallery'

I will be exhibiting a range of paintings at the 'New Art Gallery' in the beautiful village of Alfriston, East Sussex. I am excited to be exhibiting a collection of works in a village located in such a stunning location.

There is a private viewing taking place on Saturday 25th March from 1pm - 5pm, serving light refreshments alongside live acoustic music. All welcome. The exhibition will continue until 29th April. The gallery is located along the high street and is open Thursday - Sunday, 11am - 5pm.  (Open Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment). I will exhibiting alongside other local artists. 

Overlooking the South Downs, East Sussex 

Overlooking the South Downs, East Sussex 

Walks, lines and drawings

Walking in the frosty landscape has been influencing my paintings. I have been thinking about the connections between walking and drawing - how each creates lines and impressions in and of the landscape. I like to push my drawing in directions away from pure figurative mark making. To experiment with the marks I can make as a means to open interpretation and expand the connections created within my work. The lines can be the traces from natural forms, the new trails in the landscapes I walk, and the line the pencil or carving tool makes in the surface. Each are integral parts of my practice. 

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Local Landscape

I am based in the East Sussex countryside and am inspired by my surrounding landscape, of open valleys and beautiful heathlands. The Chailey Commons, where I walk daily have become a source of reflection and point of reference in my work.

Collecting organic materials from my walks has led me to physically incorporate them into my pieces, most prominently within my 'Stitched pieces'. These works include bark, twigs, grass etc from the landscape, as well as nettle paper, which I harvested locally and made into paper before stitching into the canvas of these pieces. 

I also use my collected materials such as leaves, branches, shells and rocks as a basis for initial drawings and studies, informing my paintings. The changing seasons, particularly the current autumnal colours have been influencing my choice of palette and inspiring a fresh body of work. I plan to map out and record my findings on the commons and also on nearby Ashdown forest. 

Drawing from the common earlier this year, mapping out my route. 

Memories of the Canadian Landscape

Visiting Canada this January, when the landscape was covered in snow and ice, had a strong impact on my work when I returned to the studio. The traces in the snow, the colours and the strong patterns in the sky played in my mind. On returning to England the impact of the landscape began to manifest itself in my work and is evident in the recent colours I have been using and the types of experiments with marks I have made, particularly carving. I began to think about the significance the landscapes I experience have on my work and have begun recording, through drawing, the outside spaces I encounter. 

A Thousand Islands, Ontario, Canada 

 

 

Photo from my travels in Ontario, Canada, January 2016

Photo from my travels in Ontario, Canada, January 2016

 

Hop Gallery Exhibition

Lewes Hop Gallery

Excited to have had my work selected to be exhibited at the Lewes Hop Open exhibition

Exhibition celebration and meet the artists: Saturday 10 September, 12.30pm–2.30pm
Exhibition: Saturday 10 to Sunday 25 September
Open: Tuesday to Saturday 11am–5pm / Sunday 12noon–4pm / Closed Monday

The Hop Gallery’s biennial Open Exhibition returns with a juried late summer show that presents the best in contemporary two- and three-dimensional art by artists based in London and the southeast. This is an excellent opportunity to buy affordable works by established and emerging artists.