Who are you and what do you do? Why do you do it?
I am an artist working in linocut, oils and pastels, taking inspiration from nature for my work. I love focusing on blues and greens within my pieces, re-creating a tranquility found in the landscape. The semi-abstract oil and pastel landscapes are often memories of places visited as a child, or shores travelled to and wondered at. The hand done linocut prints focus on the smaller details within the natural world: blades of grass, reeds, nettles.
What has been a seminal experience?
It isn’t just one moment, but a series. While studying Illustration at University, we would have a weekly group ‘crit’ where you would hold your work before the class, and the other 25 students would give their opinion on it. Whether it was positive, negative or down right brutal, you had to stand and take it. It taught me many things over the terms, but overall that you have to believe in and feel strong in your own work, and that despite what anyone says to you, that is all that really matters.
How has your practice changed over time?
My focus on colour and line have remained over the years, but the media I use has changed. 10 years ago I was working in textured oils, layering stitching and fabric. I now use oils for landscape and work over them in pencil, and mix my own oil based inks for the linocut prints.
Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?
I actually don’t find it lonely at all. Creatively I feel that time to yourself, in your own headspace is essential. I am a member of a few art groups, so regularly meet up and share both inspiration and frustration, but generally I feel very in touch with the world both visually and emotionally.
Favourite or most inspirational place?
I’ve been inspired by many places I’ve travelled to, the light in Italy, the landscape in Iceland, the drama of the Rockies in Canada, but I think the place I have most drawn from is actually closer to home, it’s Wales. I love the colours in the sea, the rugged nature of the coastline, the mountains and valleys. I spent many weeks there during my childhood, climbed there as an adult, got married there, it keeps drawing me back.
What wouldn’t you do without?
Hot cups of tea and music to work to.