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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. I try to capture the changing seasons by painting and drawing plants… spring bulbs, the first bright green leaves on an early perennial and the blue of an early summer on an eryngium.
I like 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 a wide range of subjects such as interiors of cathedrals in Italy, a Burmese teak monastry, an Italian street scene and Mediterranean plants from an Italian garden.
I paint in watercolour but also 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 : from local shops….Allendale Forge@ www.allendaleforgestudios.co.uk or Whitfield Pantry.