Working in Series

I thought I’d write about working in series today. You may have already noticed that I work in series, but I’ve never really talked about them much before.

Working is series is something that I enjoy. I don’t always plan to paint in series until I’ve painted one that I instinctively know will work as a series. The first one always has to be right! For example, with The Elegant Birches series, the first one came out so well, and sold so quickly that it was obvious it was going to be the start of a new series.

When I work in series, I use a title with numbers (in the order I paint them). The basic theme of the title is present in each painting. I may change the colours, or something else, and I only ever work up to seven paintings in a series. It seems such a good number for me, and I like to think that series is limited, and therefore more collectible.

Here are the three series that are now complete. (These series can take years to complete. The Elegant Birches only took a year, but the Where We Walked paintings started in 2009!)
In the images below the paintings begin with the most recent painting first. Enjoy!

The Elegant Birches series:

The Elegant Birches series

You can see them in more detail here;


Midwinter Tree series:

Midwinter Tree series

You can see them in more detail here;


Where We Walked series:

Where We Walked Series

You can see them in more detail here;

R’n’R and Back to the Easel

Hi there

After a very busy time during May and June,  I had a couple of weeks rest and recuperation. One week was camping with my husband on the North Norfolk Coast (one of our favourite places to relax). When we returned, the intense heatwave week struck, with temps up to 33.5○C,  and I was ‘forced’ to spend time in my friends pool! But as usual, the Intense English Heatwave is short lived, and now I’m back at the easel. It’s still lovely and warm so I can spend time having tea-breaks in the garden🙂

For the month of August I will have 12 paintings in a gallery new to me, The Suffolk Living Gallery in Felixstowe.
Suffolk Living 2016 flyer

Meanwhile, there are still artworks in other galleries (see exhibitions page).

I am also working a commission, and on a new batch of artworks ready for exhibitions later in the year. I will be back soon to show you some new paintings.

Enjoy the sun!


Ink Illustrations

Whilst Suffolk Open Studios has been in progress, I have been spending some time doing some ink illustrations for a new exhibition.

Here are my Phantasmagorical Animals🙂 Enjoy!

Suffolk Open Studios 2016

Well, we are nearly ready to open our artist hub’s doors at the weekend! Here are a few snaps taken to whet your appetite!

There are a few new artworks of mine appearing here, and at the Cambridge Contemporary Art Gallery. Here is a sample:

I am now working on a new set of paintings, of which I will share with you soon.

Meanwhile, keep happy and I hope to see you at our Open Studio event.

Busy as a Bee…

Ah…at last summer is here. I am really working hard and enjoying lovely tea breaks in the garden!

As you know Suffolk Open Studios is approaching fast and I am nearly ready for it. Lots of painting, mounting of small works, prints, greeting cards, postcards, glass mosaics and more is coming together all ready to be packaged up to transport to the studio. I can’t wait!

Promo Postcard 2016

Alongside this flurry of activity, I am putting the finishing touches to the book. The cover is in the hands of designers, and the foreword has just been written by the lovely Jacqui Malpass.  The book is being launched at the Suffolk Open Studios and will be available to buy and have personally signed.

I’m also finishing off a body of work to be delivered to the Cambridge Contemporary Art Gallery next month. Its going to be a great Summer Exhibition.

I will be back soon with some new paintings to show you.

Meanwhile, enjoy the sun!





Spanish Mountains

Studio Blog

Mi amiga marevilliosa (my wonderful friend), Jacqui, has been a most lovely companion as I spent 10 days in Spain with her at the beginning of April. Again, I fell in love with the Spanish countryside – the mountains, the coast, the birds, the crickets, the sunshine – just blissful.

A trip for a working holiday – to finish the first draft of the book coming out in June, and to spend time with Jacqui, her furbabies and her friends. I was also very inspired, and have come home with one or two ideas for paintings, like this:

Near Los Morillas

Spanish Mountains – near Arboleas

This was taken on top of a mountains, with others in the range in the distance, and some Tamarisk in front. I just love the wildness of this place!

About an hour from here is the place where they filmed the Spaghetti Westerns, and you can see why!

Since I got back I have been painting, and finishing off other paintings, and have some to show you.

These are all ones I planned in my sketch book when my shoulder was healing – I am so glad I was able to plan so much because it has made all the difference with the body of work I need to get ready for the summer exhibitions.

I have really enjoyed doing this paintings, and I will be starting new ones next week. I will also have to upload and edit my book ready for printing a proof copy, so I have a full week ahead. Never a dull moment!

I’ll be back with more news soon…

Back at the Easel

Studio Blog

Ah….a hint of Spring is lifting my spirits, and enabling a speedy recovery from my shoulder injury. It has been over 4 weeks since it happened, and its only this last 6 days that I have been able to get back to the easel comfortably and get on with my newly planned paintings.

Here are the results!

The first one, Where We Walked VII, is one from I started from scratch last week, and the one on the right was started before my shoulder injury, so I’m happy to get it finished. The great news is that these 2 paintings along with 2 others are now in a gallery that is newly representing me – The Hunter Gallery in Long Melford, Suffolk UK. I’m really happy to have been accepted to have my artworks with them as it now means my work can be seen in 3 places in East Anglia. I will be keeping it at 3 galleries, so I can concentrate on delivering high quality work for their clients.

I had a meeting last night with my fellow artists for Suffolk Open Studios. There will be 3 of us at Hackney Road Studio for all the weekends in June 2016. We are getting ready to open our doors on Saturday June 4th. We’re really looking forward to it as you’ll be able to see some works in progress and chat to us about what we do and how we do it. There is also a beautiful garden to sit and enjoy the sunshine with a cuppa too. Here is our little poster, so you can save the date!
Promo Postcard 2016

Back soon with more news🙂