Representative Gallery - Gallerina, Darlington, Co. Durham. Part of the 'Own Art' Arts Council Scheme.
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Capturing and celebrating the energy of autumn - a display of berries, Chinese Palm fruit, autumn leaves, red velvet roses and hydrangeas. At the change of the season I love to fill my studio with giant displays of beautiful flowers with capture the feeling of the change of colours and textures each season brings. 120.5 x 100 cm unframed size.
The Gondolier emerges from the mists and makes his way into the mouth of the Grand Canal in Venice. He carries a precious cargo of storage jars with oils, herbs and spices from far flung lands. For centuries, the gondola was "The Chief" means of transportation and most common watercraft within Venice, thousands of the Gondola would have travelled down the Venice waterways - these are the true heros and the Merchants of Venice.
Oil and gesso on board in antique frame.
Framed 95 w x 77 h cm (77 x 59 cm aperture)
Calle Del Filosi in Venice near Campo San Polo is a tiny dusky red high walled street wide overlooking the most striking deep lagoon emerald Merchants doorway with what looks like a disused space behind - above the doorway are balconies full of geraniums celebrating 'a Venetian lives here!' and Gondoliers smooth past on the milky turquoise waters that cut through. The colour and light of this place are such that your eyes are bleached on first impression - all you can make our is this faded impression before your eyes are filled with colour from from the illuminated light and the shade.
Oil, raw pigment, gesso and graphite on board in antique frame.
Framed 82 w x 90 h cm (58.5 x 68.5 cm aperture)
Oil and gesso on board. Gigantic palaver poppies float through gusty clouds. In Greek Mythology Hypnos was the personification of sleep - he was said to be a calm and gentle god, as he helps humans in need, due to their sleep, owns half their lives. Work at Gallerina. Unframed size 151 x 122cm
'Brim'tud' is the sound of the waves. In the distance beyond the wild seas you can make out Godrevy Lighthouse in Cornwall near St Ives. I'm standing amongst vast mussel fields on volcanic cliffs which coarse down through fissures and chasms of ochre filled agate rocks deep below the sea to create 'the rocks', a natural reef making this area of coast one of the most treacheours for sailors to navigate. Work at Ffin Y Parc Gallery. Oil and gesso on board in antique frame.
98 x 76 cm (framed 110 x 90 cm)
The beginning of the study of Plas Mawr Elizabethan Country House in Conwy. Stepping up from the seafront a hidden gem of Conwy. Plas Mawr is all dark and light, chiaroscuro. It has this ornate naïve plasterwork throughout featuring symbols of heraldry and the owners initials ‘R’ (Robert Wynn). The space is filled with levels of light, signs and marks of the past. The walls tell a thousand words. Peter Smith historian said “the most perfect and the most complete memorial to Elizabethan Wales”. 53 x 63 cm framed. Mixed media on paper. Find this work at Gallerina, Darlington, County Durham.
Part of the Pompeii series. A banal every day object–simplicity in this functional object –the bread pan. Formed by hand in turn forming food to give life. Simplicity of giving Vita –life force. I like the way that these objects created by craftsmen are instantly familiar to us even if we don’t understand their end uses. There is an instant connection to them, a resonance of the beginnings of our culture. 57.5 x 83 cm framed. Mixed media on paper. Find this work at Gallerina, Darlington, County Durham.
A collection of everyday objects, although antique, used and loved. Galvanised garden torches, industrial halogen light silver, huge rusty old nails and verdigris ball cocks. All speak together in this rhythmic almost 'floral' arrangement exploring composition, colour and patina. 44 x 55 cm (53 x 63 cm framed) Mixed media on paper.