Preparations for Spring Fling 2020 were well underway when ‘lockdown’ occurred. The theme of the work planned came about from a decision to collaborate in 2020 with ceramicist Julian Francis.
We had also been invited to exhibit at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Caerlaverock Visitor Centre from April to June and planned ‘Bright Days’ - ‘Lyrical landscape paintings, shore studies and ceramic birds’, also now postponed.
My work has developed around a fascination with the regions of the British coast and countryside over many years. Walking, taking photographs and notes, investigating and researching ideas, making ‘Journey Books’ – then making a new series of finished paintings. Inevitably more initial subjects and places catch the eye than can be made use of, so the Journey Books keep ideas together.
During 'lockdown' I have returned to a traditional slow way of working - making small ink & watercolour paintings from the window and graphite and pencil drawings of windowsill still lifes.