Interview with Norwich 20 Group

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.

  1. 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
and vibrant.
Thank you Frances for inviting me to take part in this interview.



Donated to James’ Place in Liverpool

SOLD Mixed media on board. 46x46cm. Framed

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.










Giveaway Time!

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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!

Holt Open Studios & Selected for the Sir John Hurt Art Prize 2019

£550 Mixed media on board. 46x45cm. Framed

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

All welcome – please message me for directions


Art Demonstration Wymondham Art Society April 2019

Looking forward to giving an art demonstration for the Wymondham Art Society on Wednesday 3rd April at the Roman Catholic Church Hall, Norwich Rd, Wymondham, Norfolk, NR18 0QE at 7.15pm. The hall is a separate building next to the R.C. church with ample parking.  During the demonstration I’ll explain my process, how I explore mixed media and the materials I enjoy using when creating my artworks. Small entrance fee. Refreshments. All welcome.

Christmas Open Studio 2018

I’ll be opening my studio for the first time this Christmas for visitors to view my recent paintings, prints and cards as well as look through a selection of my sketchbooks.  All welcome.

To book an appointment to come and visit without any obligation to purchase or if you’d like any further information please email:

Mini artworks 15x15cm £95 each
Mini artworks 15x15cm £95 each
My Open Studio




L I G H T 14th – 29th July 2018

SOLD Mixed media on board. 45 x 45cm. Framed

Now open – my largest solo show to date at Salthouse Church. Free entry. All welcome, there is disabled parking and access to the church.

This exhibition explores the theme of LIGHT, inspired by my sketching walks where I enjoy embracing the beautiful light and colours of the North Norfolk coastline. Enjoy browsing through my sketchbooks and seeing a diverse range of mixed media paintings on display. Open every day 10.30am – 5pm. Exhibition continues until the 29th July.

Saint Nicholas Church, Church Lane, off Cross St, Salthouse, North Norfolk, NR25 7XH.

Mixed media on board. 14 x 36cm. Framed

Two exciting solo shows this summer!

Announcing two solo shows this summer. Both exhibitions will feature large  scale artworks situated in spiritual settings. The first show opens at Creake Abbey Cafe, NR21 9LF, where the ruins of Creake Abbey (founded in 1206) are just a short walk away and well worth visiting. ‘Norfolk Horizons’ 13 June – 16 October. Opening daily from 9.00am.

Tracey Ross exhibition – Norfolk Horizons from Tuesday 11th June to Tuesday 16th October

Abbey Ruins

14th – 29th July, Salthouse Church

My second exhibition ‘L I G H T’ is at Saint Nicholas Church in Salthouse, NR25 7XH. This magnificent church is the perfect setting for an art show and will feature my sketchbooks alongside an eclectic mix spiritual and coastal artworks exploring the theme of light, faith and art. 14th – 29th July. Open every day 10.30am – 5.00pm. Free entry. All welcome. Disabled parking near the church.