This is a new adventure and opportunity for artists living in North Norfolk. I’m looking forward to opening my studio from the 29th May – 6th June. I’ll be open everyday 10.00am – 5.00pm.
I’m participating in an art trail called ‘Colourful Coast’. There are three of us taking part, Nicholas Elliott lives in Fakenham and Vanda Richards in Colkirk, just outside Fakenham. I’ve posted some examples of their work and we’re very much look forward to seeing you.
Come and enjoy the pretty cottage garden and the lovely views from the studio. Social distancing measures will be in place.
You can find out more about the event on the North Norfolk Studios website below:
Delighted to hold my second solo show at Salthouse Church on the glorious North Norfolk coast. Opens on the 14th August – 06th September. Opening times: 10.00am – 5.30pm daily. Sunday: 11.00am till 5.30pm. Free car park and entry. All welcome. Social distancing measures will be in place.
Delighted to have been invited to answer five questions by Frances Martin the secretary of the Norwich 20 Group of artists. I’ve been a member for several years and look forward to exhibiting with them once again.
I know that you have a studio at your home, and I’m guessing that it is a
welcome sanctuary at this time. I wondered if you have some advice
to anyone who cannot use their studio space, how to make a place for
Yes having a studio at the top of my garden is something I’ve been thankful
for, especially during the lock-down. When I lived in Norwich I rented an attic
studio which leaked just off Duke Street! But I’ve not always had a studio and painted for many years on the kitchen table working on large one metre
canvases. I had a selection of art materials on a trolley that I could wheel into a corner and some sheeting on the floor, however, it was hard work especially with three children and having to put everything away to cook. So I can really relate to those artists having to manage with a home studio during the lockdown.
2. How do you motivate yourself, or find inspiration?
It’s been hard, as my inspiration comes from sketching the North Norfolk coast and with COVID-19 I can’t visit all the beaches I love as some are still closed. Also with so many exhibitions and events being cancelled one feels like saying ‘What’s the point of making art or creating anything?’ There’s a podcast I can recommend called ‘Art Juice’ by two artists called Alice Sheridan and Louise Fletcher on episode 69 they discuss this almost guilty feeling about creating any art. Artists are usually sensitive to the world around them and the journey can feel uphill and dry at times then there’s a time of awakening, spring arrives with fresh colours to explore, finding the beauty in nature never ends.
3. Have you found anything has changed recently with your practice?
Yes, I’m making smaller affordable work and selling them through the Artist
Support Pledge on Instagram. The pledge was set up by artist Matthew
Burrows. Matthew says ‘Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many artists have
found themselves without work, teaching, technical support, gallery work,
exhibitions and sales have disappeared. In an attempt to help alleviate some
of this I instigated the #artistsupportpledge.’ The concept is a simple one. You
post images of your work to sell for no more than £200 each (not including
shipping.) Anyone can then buy the work. Every time you reach £1000 of
sales you pledge to buy another artist/s work for up to £200’. This initiative
has been such a financial support to lots of artists and makers.
4. Your work is very much rooted in place, within our county of Norfolk. Could
you say a bit about your connection to the landscape?
I grew up here and feel rooted in North Norfolk, to know a place one needs to
explore it. The coast holds many special memories. I love walking and
sketching at Morston and Stiffkey and taking students out to sketch and paint
at Burnham Overy Staithe. I love the salty scent of the sea air, the muddy
creeks and the skies. My work is mainly about exploring the thin layers between heaven and earth. It’s a spiritual journey, one of art and faith and a
consistent moving forward which is exciting.
5. Who has been the biggest influence on your work?
I couldn’t name just one as it’s an eclectic mix of many influences.
Artists such as Peter Lanyon, Kurt Jackson, Sonia Delaunay, Turner, Barbara
Rae and several artists in the Norwich 20 Group are to name a few. Sparks
come from seeing how other artist’s work, seeing their struggles. As we can’t
meet as a group, other influences come from watching artists paint and
discuss their concepts on YouTube. Another way I’ve felt inspired during the
lockdown, is by flexing my creative muscles through reading art books and
enjoying the televised painting and drawing shows and virtual exhibitions. I
really enjoyed visiting the Bonnard at the Tate last year, it was so colourful
Thank you Frances for inviting me to take part in this interview.
Thanks to my wonderful daughter for bringing this good cause to my attention.
I felt I wanted to help raise awareness so I’ve happily donated this painting to help support and raise money for @jamesplaceuk. James’ Place is a charity in Liverpool which helps to support men who are at risk, and may be suffering from anxiety and suicidal thoughts. I’m thrilled to hear that ‘Day Light’ 46x46cm was sold within two weeks of me posting it to them!
If you’d like to help support by donating an artwork please get in touch with me or James’ Place.
To celebrate five years of happiness in my studio I’m having a ‘giveaway’ of one of my paintings. The draw will take place on Monday 4th November 2019 and someone on my mailing list will be picked at random to win! Here’s how to enter – scroll and click on ‘Contact – great ways to keep in touch’ and enter your name and email to get my occasional newsletter. Good luck!
Now for something completely different! My paining ‘Rocky Orange’ 45x45cm has been selected for the Sir John Hurt Art prize. The exhibition of shortlisted works will be on display in the Auden Theater Foyer from Saturday 20th – Sunday 27th July. Time 11am -5pm. The Auden Theater Foyer, Cromer Road, Holt, NR25 6EA.
Looking forward to opening my studio for one weekend only as part of the Holt festival. Open Friday 26th Saturday 27 and Sunday 28th July. Time 11am – 5pm