Capability Now

Capability Now forms part of a national series of events celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, an architect and designer responsible for the creation of nearly 300 of England’s finest Georgian landscaped parks and gardens.  A few years ago I collaborated with the National Trust and drew in the magnificent Croome Court located in Worcestershire that was designed by Brown.  I remain curious about Brown’s vast contribution and influence upon the British landscape. In the current Capability Now Exhibition the ground floor of Orleans House is devoted to historical material and social context in relation to …

Transplanting the Flower Market

I keep returning to New Covent Garden Flower Market.  However, with the forthcoming move of the Market to a new building in October 2016 I feel now is the time to move the project forward. I have continued to research the history, people, politics, locations and buildings of the Flower Market. My project has developed from creating artwork that purely documents a moment in time to exploring the idea of a permanent market that moves.  I have become fascinated by the notion of transplanting this incredible market. I used to see the Flower Market as a landscape of flowers in …

Filming and flowers

I am collaborating with film maker Sam Weston to create an artist video.  We have filmed in my studio and at New Covent Garden.  I look forward to sharing it with you soon. Film Maker Sam Weston

Autumn Colour

I have been thinking about the amount of colour I use in my work after seeing the vivid autumn shades in the beautiful Westonbirt Arboretum.  These eye-catching brightly coloured trees could be seen from far away.  I have always preferred tonal drawings and previously have opted for a muted colour palette.  I liked the contrast between the dark branches and the brightly coloured leaves.  I would like to explore using these colour pallets in future artwork. Westonbirt Arboretum

Private View of Layered Drawing Exhibition at NLCS

It was great to share artwork completed during my Artist Residency at NLCS with a new audience. I enjoyed meeting old NLCS girls who recognised the locations of where I took rubbings that were incorporated in my work from around the school.  I had many lively conversations about the titles of the artwork, the history of Canons Estate and the role art plays in education.  Huge thanks to all at NLCS. Layered Drawings  Photography by Graham Ryder  

To the point

The first thing I do each morning in the studio is to sharpen my pencils.  I have many and I am very particular about how I like them to be.  I suppose it is a ritual of sorts.  At art school I was told to throw away my sharpener and use a knife, which was considered far superior. This habit remains and I slowly rotate the pencil while cutting to create a sharp even point.  I like the different sounds.  Slicing through the wood has a lower tone in comparison to the higher pitched noise of carving through graphite.  For …

Drawing in the rain

The Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annaghmakerrig is like stepping into a Constable painting.   There is a house of elegant proportions, rolling emerald green grasses that leads the eye to a lake where six swans live.  The light is pure and whiter than I am used to in London.  When the sun is not hidden behind candy-floss clouds dramatic shadows appear on the landscape.  Standing in front of the steps leading to the house there is a sense that in some strange way time has paused. After the solitude of my day in the studio and exploring the grounds I look …

Artist Residency, NLCS

Having spent 10 days at North London Collegiate School I had forgotten the buzz and noise that takes place every 35 minutes.  There is a rhythm to the school day.  NLCS has an incredible art department with talented practicing artists teaching.  I had a space allocated to me just by the entrance.  This enabled me to share my work and interact with the students. I usually prefer to create work alone in my studio.  This was a completely different environment and I enjoyed a new perspective of sharing work in progress.  There is an energy and vibrancy in the art …

Romance In A Box

A few days before Valentines I visited New Covant Garden Flower Market in Nine Elms, London.  I have been meaning to go for years and was not disappointed.  I loved seeing flowers in a completely different context.  The flowers are in transit, ready to be bought by florists etc.  Individual  buds are wrapped carefully in celeophane and there are boxes of flowers as far as the eye can see.  I think this is the start of a new project.  The market is open from 4am – 9am weekdays.

Plein Air Marathon

I saw a notice in the window of Chelsea Framers a few months ago detailing The Plein Air Marathon.  I was not familiar with this French expression, which means “in the open air”.  Artists have long painted outdoors but in the mid 19th century working in natural light became particularly important to Impressionism.  The popularity of plein air increased in the 1870s with the introduction of paints in tubes.  I do not consider myself a painter and I like to work in my studio.  I therefore decided this marathon was not ideal for me. I broke away from the comfort …