Penwith Associates Show

I’m delighted to have Sanctuary 1 selected for the Penwith Gallery’s Summer Associates Exhibition. I helped to set up the show and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Sanctuary 1 is from my recent Vessels series inspired by boatworks in St Ives Harbour. The artworks meld the natural and man-made landscapes I encountered on my daily walks at that quiet, strange time in lockdown 2020. They reflect what remains of the fishing industry and the almost eerie sense of stillness and calm that descended upon St Ives. This one is the first entitled Sanctuary and is an abstraction of weathered boats in the Harbour.  By the time I painted this, the town had filled up with tourists over the summer and was just starting to empty again as the second wave of Covid-19 began to strike. St Ives was becoming my sanctuary again. It is acrylics and mixed media on canvas board, mounted and framed in white frame, 60cm x 60cm (image is 40cm x 40cm) – £500 The show runs from 7th November 2020 – 9th January 2021

New Studio in St Ives

Late summer was taken up with me taking on a space in the centre of St Ives for my new studio, and preparing it for its new use. Whilst I’ve got a great studio at the top of my house – with great views over St Ives Bay, I was running out of space. My tendency to do series or larger paintings was being hindered so it was time to venture out. It also means I can escape the house and concentrate on my painting with few distractions. The studio is now fully functional and I’ve already created a new series. I’m delighted that I made the move. It’s something that I’ve been planning for about a year now. I just needed to find the right space. I can now much more readily turn the ideas, photographs and sketches created en plein air or in my studio at home into big, bold paintings and series.  

Vessels

I’m absolutely thrilled to have Vessels 1 selected for the Penwith Gallery’s Summer Associates Exhibition. The show runs from 6th July 2020 – 22nd August 2020. Vessels 1 was the first of a series started in April this year inspired by the boats in St Ives Harbour. The paintings are in mini series of 1, 2 or 3 and are entitled Vessels, Solace and The Calm Before the Storm. The artworks meld the natural and man-made landscapes I encountered on my daily walks at that quiet, strange time. They reflect what remains of the fishing industry and the almost eerie sense of stillness and calm that descended upon St Ives. The Penwith Gallery is a fabulous, prestigious and deceptively spacious gallery in St Ives. Formerly an old pilchard packing factory, it has a remarkable complex of buildings, including three public galleries, artists’ studios, a print workshop, a sculpture courtyard, shop and archive. It is home to the Penwith Society of Artists – founded in 1949 by Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Peter Lanyon, Bernard Leach, Sven Berlin and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, amongst others. The Association with so many progressive and influential artists has given the Penwith Society a unique place in British…

The Wild & The Still

In this continued period of solitude and reflection, I’ve been thinking about, on the one hand, the ocean and, on the other, swimming pools.  I spend a lot of time with both my young daughters at the sea and in swimming pools; and both are competitive pool and open water swimmers. I say spend, but of course the pools have been closed since mid March and, until recent weeks, no-one was allowed to go into the sea. There are no competitions  in either still or open water.  However, we’re really grateful that we can now go into the sea to swim, and to surf or paddle, and are looking forward to the pools possibly opening next month. We’ll take this time of no competitions to get back to basics and just enjoy being in the water again. My recent series  Swimming Pools and Salt Lines is based upon these water experiences and the differing chemicals present in salt and pool water and their effect on the human body and emotions. Male and female symbolism are present. The upward symbol of the male (a rusty projection) in the ocean paintings reflects the expectations of males to be stronger, more assertive and…

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