I got the inspiration for my first collection from spending a lot of time in Allerthorpe, York. We started coming here in the winter in our caravan and have watched the seasons change. The amount of wildlife around this area is amazing and everyday we see something jaw dropping. It seemed like an obvious choice to base my first project on.
The studio I work from is in the awning of my caravan. It gives me excellent natural light with the awning having roof lights. A very chilled atmosphere, surrounded by beautiful settings.
The caravan park is based around two fishing lakes (where Adrian fishes) The gardens and surrounding area are stunning, something different everyday. We refer to this place as our little corner of heaven.
Above photographs are taken using iphone until I have had time to empty my old office at work and find my Nikon D300 equipment, then I promise to bring you better quality photos. Using my iphone I took a range of photographs in order to base some initial paintings on.
Not feeling the confidence around my work as its been 18 years since I did anything I was hoping to experiment first with a few pieces before I went public or showed anyone my work. Oh no! when Adrian saw my work he pushed me to post on social media as he was thrilled with the elephant picture. So I thought, I have nothing to loose… The response I got was huge and gave me a massive confidence boost. So maybe I have found my new ‘thing’? From here I still need to work on my style and methods but overall I was pleased with my work.
This is my German Shepherd dog Nimm, she has been known to literally add her own stamp to my work when I am dumb enough to leave the wet paintings on the floor to dry.