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My art work features plant and flower studies, buildings and still life. I paint when I travel but most of my subjects are local, from Whitfield, which is situated in the West Allen Valley, Northumberland. From the first spring bulbs and the green leaves on an early perennial to the blue of an early summer on an eryngium, plants offer a huge variety of colours and textures.
I love painting still life….the sharp light of a frosty morning on a shutter or the hazy summer evening sun with traces of yellow heat in the reflections. On my travels I have painted cathedrals in Italy, a Burmese teak monastery in Myanmar, Italian street scenes and Mediterranean plants from Italian gardens.
I paint in watercolour but from time to time I use oil, pencil, crayon and ink. I enjoy drawing botanical subjects in pencil, particularly the hard lines of spring bulbs and some early summer perrenials. The later the season the more I turn to colour and by the time autumn is here I use watercolour for everything.
I have recently designed a range of gifts using my botanical watercolour images. These include tableware, tea towels, cushions, lamps, tapestries and paper. These products are currently available online and at Allendale Forge@ www.allendaleforgestudios.co.uk or Whitfield Pantry.