East Cliff at West Bay, Dorset
Acrylic paint, corrugated card, textures pastes and East Cliff sand
100 x 70 cm unframed box canvas
I was fascinated by the ridged texture of this cliff and its vivid golden colour towards sunset. Before painting I laid down lots of textures, concentrating them on the cliff and beach, while the sky is painted flat to give the sense of a theatrical backdrop.
Durdle Door, Dorset
Acrylic paint, texture pastes and wax pastels
100 x 70cm unframed box canvas
Durdle Door on this gloriously sunny day was one of the most beautiful sights I have seen. Getting closer, I was inspired by the contrasts between this ancient rock - carved out over time by the sea - and the people, tiny by comparison, with their brightly coloured modern belongings.
St Michael's Mount, Cornwall
Acrylic paint, papers and pebbles
44 x 54cm inc. frame
The paint in this mixed media painting was applied only with small pieces of card over a layer of collage. I was mainly interested in colours and reflections on the water but out of my imagination I included myself and my daughter playing on the sand, watched by a seagull.
Kenilworth Castle, Warwick
77 x 48 cm inc. frame
As a child, my imagination was captured by the paintings of Lowry and by Kenilworth Castle, where I loved to play. This acrylic painting was an attempt to create a slightly Lowry-style image of Kenilworth Castle with 'matchstick' figures in the foreground - my husband followed by someone's dog.
'Boom!' Kenilworth Castle Fireworks Display, Warwick
Acrylic paint, textiles and texture pastes
95 x 72 cm inc. frame
This is an especially personal picture for me as the woolly-hatted figures in the foreground are all family members. As often before with my paintings I have tried to create a theatrical backdrop for the figures by using texture in the front, leaving the sky flat. Gold paint was used for the fireworks.
Acrylic paint, texture pastes and coloured pencil
30 x 30 cm wood panel
This image includes metallic paints that create a different appearance in different lights. The fish are stylised rather than being a specific type. I wanted them to look a little glum and also slightly startled as fish often look. This painting was the start of a recent obsession with fish.
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