Green, red and brown

I am about to start packing up my studio.  My fellowship at Ballinglen Arts Foundation has come to an end and I am taking stock.  I have spent a great deal of time looking at seaweed and rocks.  Having never lived by the coast,  I really enjoyed exploring these resilient  plants at low tide.  In the studio I experimented rather than producing finished work.  I am leaving with lots of ideas, creative energy and excited to begin my next project.  I am sure seaweed will make an appearance in my work soon.  Another artist mentioned that fellowships give you the …

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

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 …