Studio Activity

Picking up the Pieces

In the fractured life of this pandemic and my blog is long ignored. Starting again, as spring welcomes us all outside with blossom laden streets.

Am working a series based on things seen during my autumn and winter walks as those images need moving from my mind as new ones begs for space. This is the first one of a clumps of leaves that I watched slowly transit to autumn colours. They have the last of my birds from medieval studies, as a farewell gesture to them. The piece has no name yet; names arrive with a body of completed work.

detail from “My Walks …” series

Birds in my Travels

Early birds designs are humorous, inspiring and irresistible. They prompt me to paint my own versions, setting them in green or other scenery.  I began these studies as an art student in Peru, my work influenced then by pre-Inca designs found in pottery, intricate gold figurines and Paracas textiles  (seen below).

My recent work grew from days in Britain, drawing medieval bench ends in East Anglian churches, for a book: Carved in Oak* launched with an exhibition of my drawings at Wingfield Barns, Suffolk UK. in 2011-  Now I search for birds in ancient textiles, ceramics, paintings in museums, churches, medieval building, illuminated manuscripts in UK and Europe.