Who am I?
I am an artist and printmaker, scribbler and ageing headbanger. I work directly from life, carrying a sketchbook at all times looking for any opportunity to have a scribble. I work from my studio in Wales, UK where I live with my husband and cats, who often feature in my drawings and blogs. I have exhibited in various traditional galleries, online galleries, in print and internationally. In addition to this I have carried out artists residencies in America and Pakistan as well as Wales. I have a Masters in Education from University of Wales, Swansea, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from West Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education and a Diploma in Art from Swansea Art College.
What am I up to?
I am drawing a hundred Baby Boomers to form the basis of an installation about the times that have shaped us and our world and I have reached number 93! It’s taken 18 months so far.
I recently finished a new piece at my residency at Galerie Simpson in Swansea, incorporating print and text into a three dimensional form on paper and wire.
This is being exhibited in the new show at Llanover Hall in Cardiff until December 12th.
I’ve been working throughout the year with filmmaker Melvyn Williams and prehistorian Dewi Bowen, drawing ancient monuments in the South Wales landscape. Some of these pieces will feature in the new show, ‘Alone In The Universe‘, at The Workers Gallery in Ynyshir in the Rhondda Valley from November the 17th.
Here’s a video of me drawing out in the field – literally out in fields!
I use a variety of techniques and you can see examples of some of these in my section called Techie Stuff. I choose the technique to suit the subject matter and what I want to convey with the work. Some of my work is very dark and explores some of the more unpalatable sides of human nature and experience so the techniques reflect this.
I blog an artwork a day, mostly drawings but sometimes work in progress and printmaking. I have thousands of drawings in sketchbooks; it’s hard to exhibit sketches in galleries and yet lots of people like to see drawings, so a blog seems like a good idea. It also motivates me to keep trying to draw every day – it’s easy to let life get in the way of drawing.
To own my artwork
I hope you enjoy my work 🙂