I’m delighted to have Sanctuary 1 selected for the Penwith Gallery’s Winter 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
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.
It’s your final chance to visit my exhibition, Red River, at Heartlands, Redruth, Cornwall as it ends on 8 November. You could say that it ends with a bang as it finishes just after Heartlands annual, free bonfire night and firework spectacular. This event, now the largest firework display in Cornwall, sees over ten thousand local people and their families come together, for an event that has become a celebration of the regeneration of the Pool area and its wonderful community. Heartlands is a great space – and particularly for showcasing my art because of the connections to mining, and to the natural and post mining landscape of West Cornwall. The engine house, the gardens, the play area, the conference centre, the workspaces and of course the Red River café are all great spaces to spend time. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed exhibiting here.