ABOUT ME - a Cornish artist
MY ART PRACTICE
I am passionate about my Cornish heritage and create paintings suffused with the atmosphere, light and weather of the North Cornish coast.
My life is absorbed by a constant process of seeing, recording to memory or paper, ideas and thoughts to be painted or to inform on new pieces of artwork. Reading lots of material and researching other artists helps to enrich my practice and among my influences are Rose Hilton, Joan Eardley and the french painter Bonnard.
No two paintings will ever be the same. I make a painting that I don’t yet know which keeps the process fluid and exciting and with no expectations, which allows for happy accidents and more expressive mark making.
Intuition and letting the paint find a way are all part of the process. After layering loose watery areas of colour over, I will often see something familiar from my memory from which to work.
The coast of Cornwall takes the full force of Atlantic storms and weather which has shaped our coastline over the centuries. Using similar techniques in the studio with sanding, wiping off and glazing further layers of light, followed by more impasto brush marks, I can create something with a beautiful layered subtlety of colour and light which befits my relationship with my landscape in it’s history.
Working so close with nature, I am a keen guardian of our beaches and supporter of the #2minute beach clean movement and other community projects that have started here in Bude.
For five years I have been a part of the #cruelandcurious art collective in conjunction with the National Trust. ‘ And a North Cornwall collective called Ingenious Pursuits‘ which is a group of likeminded people with quality at it’s heart combined with ethical values.
I live with my husband near the beach and have recently become a Nanna. Our two sons live and work here too. Tom is head distiller at The Cornish Distilling Co making rum just outside of Bude and Harry carries on a cornish tradition of Dry Stone Walling.
Bude has always been my home and I am very proud of my Cornish heritage. Supporting local projects and encouraging art in the community has alwasy been close to my heart. There is a lot to celebrate in the people, community and it’s future. As such a people person, it is an irony that there are no people in my paintings. I prefer my paintings to have a solitude and timeless nature, but like nothing better than to share stories and connect people on projects or new ideas that benefit our community.
As you come into Bude you might notice the roundabout with the large rusted structures. Completed with a friend and help from local people, if you’d like to read more, the story of this is here .