The Big Draw, Collaborative Artwork

   The Big Draw Event at Clifton Nurseries on 1st November was a wonderful day full of fun.  Over 100 people of all ages said hello to their creative side and drew plants, spiders, butterflies, an owl, a reindeer and much more!  The idea was to pick a plant pot on the large piece of paper and draw a real or imagined plant.  We were located in the Fern House, surrounded by beautiful plants in magical Clifton Nurseries.  I chose a selection of plants to help spark ideas.  The Venus Fly Trap and the Lipstick plant proved popular.  For me, …

Ballinglen Arts Foundation

I have returned from windswept County Mayo in Ireland where I was awarded a Fellowship from Ballinglen Arts Foundation.  I was given a wonderful studio with north facing windows and a characterful cottage.  I have always dreamt of time and space away from all distractions to focus entirely on my work.  At first I found this confronting.  However once I began drawing, exploring the area, meeting other artists and locals, I loved it! The harsh Atlantic winds sculpt the landscape.  Trees arch at unusual angles hanging on for dear life and the cliffs are monumental.  I began collecting plants and …