Today I have been hanging over 40 painting for my third solo show at Salthouse Church on the Norfolk coast. I think one can underestimate how much time it takes to put on such a large scale event but it is definitely worth the effort to see the work hanging together.
New workshop SATURDAY 8th July 2023
The workshops are held at Burnham Overy Staithe on the North Norfolk coast.
Numbers are limited to ten students only.
All welcome and suitable for all levels from beginners, (although some experience with mixing and using paint will help) to improvers. 18 years plus. Enjoy a day learning to use acrylic paints and mixed media inspired by the beautiful North Norfolk coast. With an emphasis on painting techniques, demonstrations and one-to-one tuition, this one day workshop will help you to free up your creativity through mark making, mixed media, colour mixing and fun!
As a trained art tutor, I have taught in high schools and adult education for several years. I now enjoy teaching mixed media classes based on my techniques to help and encourage others to develop their own artistic journey. Please bring your own art materials and a packed lunch. A materials list will be sent after your payment has been made.
Time: 10am – 4.30pm
Price per person: £85
(Please note that I regret that I am unable to refund fees if a student is unable or chooses not to attend).
“Thank you so much for a very informative, useful and enjoyable workshop. I learnt a great deal, which I can put into practice in my paintings in future. Using acrylics with mixed media was totally new to me and I really enjoyed pushing myself to experiment outside my comfort zone.” J. Linney 2023
I’ve had a few days away in Lisbon, Portugal and I’d forgotten how good it is to fly away somewhere for a change of scene.
Now I’m back and in full swing for throwing open my studio doors for Norfolk Open Studios 2022. I will be open everyday 28th May – 5th June. Time 10am – 5pm.
I’m number 062 in the NNOS brochure or you can find out more on their website:
Looking forward to seeing you. Please email or use the contact page to let me know if you’d like to visit.
Delighted to have one of my paintings selected for the Sir John Hurt Art Prize 2021.
A new approach for me, exploring more of an abstract style.
Delighted to have been invited to have an online interview with Frances Martin the secretary of the Norwich 20 Group. This went out in June 20 in their monthly newsletter.
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
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.
Looking forward to my solo show at Pocock’s the Artmonger Gallery in Burnham Market, Norfolk this summer. The Private View is on Friday 21st July 6-8pm – please get in touch if you’d like an invite. With around twenty new works on display it’s going to be an exciting exhibition. It’s also a chance to see my recent sketchbooks which give an insight into the process of creating the finished paintings. Exhibition: Saturday 22nd July – Sunday 6th August. Open daily Monday – Saturday 10am – 5pm and on Sundays 12 – 4pm. All artworks are for sale.
I am taking part in Cley 17 this year and shall be showing two new works inspired by the mariners fishing in the North Sea. All welcome.
The Sea Pictures Gallery in Clare in Suffolk have their Summer Exhibition called ‘Potters and Painters’ 10th June – 7th August. I’m delighted to be part of this mixed show and shall be showing a selection of recent summer themed works inspired by the Norfolk coast. For more information please visit the gallery link below.
My painting ‘Blazing a trail’ will on show as part of the Norwich 20 Group exhibition on at the Undercroft Gallery in Norwich. 13th -24th June. Opening daily 12 – 5pm. An interesting array of exciting work from many of our new members.
More news to follow shortly………………………………
Delighted to say that my art work is now being featured on this new CD called ‘Love Song’ and is coming out on the 24th October. This beautiful soaking music by Noel Alexander invites you to a higher place of rest. For more information or to request a copy do visit www.propheticlighthouse.org