This autumn winter has not been so much a time for painting as a time to put back into the community.
I’ve been involved with the Bude Look Group, a local art appreciation group who with the Tate St Ives and Royal Cornwall Museum are bringing artwork from the schools collection to Bude Castle for an exhibition over the Christmas period. The artwork was donated to the people of Cornwall by practising artists in Cornwall over the past 80 years. It is a fantastic opportunity to bring great calliber of art to this part of Cornwall. The exhibition is titled ‘Your Art’ and we are hoping to get as many local people to come and see it as well as organising workshops for local schools.
The Cruel and Curious Sea II was incredibly successful this year. Before and during the exhibition, the National Trust came to my studio at the barn and interviewed me. This was used as part of a very atmospheric soulful film that encompasses the people, ideas and creativity behind the whole project. Here is the resulting film.
Another passion is keeping the beaches clean and as a supporter of the #2minutebeachclean I was very excited when I saw they launched a competition for people to make christmas wreaths from beach rubbish inspired by the wreath I made a couple of years ago. Martin Dorey tweeted my wreath and it was picked up by the Western Morning News reporter Phil Goodwin. I got a phone call, quick chat and he quickly arranged a photo shoot. It was freezing cold, but with great lighting and the beautiful dramatic location of Northcott Mouth, the photographer got a great shot which has appeared in todays Sunday edition.