• Mixed Media Paintings


I am currently enjoying exploring making small abstract mixed media paintings in my van whilst travelling, mostly in Europe. I usually work whilst gazing out of my window, so I am influenced by whatever that view might be on the day and how I am feeling. Sometimes I choose colours randomly and sometimes I limit my pallet. The marks I make are an interaction between my conscious and subconscious, sometimes immediate and sometimes contemplated. It seems that all my work over the years including now is inspired by spending time in nature, in the countryside and by the coast mixed with visiting cities. I walk a lot and absorb whatever is around me which ultimately feeds into my work. The weather also affects my mood, be it raining, windy, sunny, cold or warm.

As an artist I have always drawn, painted or been making. But in the past I was predominately working in 3D, my drawings inevitably led to 3D.

The ceramics really developed from the sculptures I made in other materials. I also became fascinated by the different firing techniques with ceramics and building kilns, and different glazing techniques.

My earlier works were very relevant to being a female artist. The work being conceptual and a mute response to the world around me at that time. The installations formed a questioning commentary, developed from research, observations and experiences, also relating to the blurring of boundaries between Fine Art, Craft and Design, something I am always thinking about. My contemporary practice continues to develop and evolve as conscious thoughts intertwine with the subconscious, combining seriousness with elements of playfulness.

The materials and processes used in my 3D work were generally purposeful and necessary as were the repeated minimalist forms dealing with issues relating to the environment, the juxtaposition of the organic and manmade, the domestic, social and gender issues and class status, de-familiarising the familiar.

Mould making and casting were predominant in my work in order to fulfil the need to make repeated forms. The moulds were made in materials suitable for releasing the cast, such as plastic, resin and fibreglass, plaster, rubber and clay. Materials such as jesmonite, resin, wax, plaster, glass and slip/clay were then cast into the moulds.

Living by the sea at the time in Cornwall and Cyprus led to the work having a strong nautical element. The concrete gourds, begin to resemble buoy’s due to the use of chains, ropes, pulleys and colour. The iron shapes become boat-like. This may change or add meaning to the work. Whatever my intentions, each individual will always interpret the work in a way that is personal to them. Many will do this with my abstract paintings for it is human nature for the viewer to look for something they relate to even if that might just be colours or shapes they like, but often people see something I did not.