Getting ready for exhibitions coming up soon…..

I’ve had a very busy time in my studio in the last few weeks. I have two exhibitions coming up soon and another one later in the year. So getting lots of pieces of work finished and ready to frame and also printing up plenty of cards which are always popular.

Here are some action shots of artist at work….

Orchid ready to go

Orchid ready to go

Rolling up

Rolling up

Creative chaos

Creative chaos

Canal Milton Keynes

Canal Milton Keynes

Bridge prints

Bridge prints

Not quite finished

Not quite finished

Artist stuff

I have always really loved drawing, painting and making things but I was unable to go to University at the age when most people go, and at that time getting a degree was not something I ever thought I would be able to do. I worked in Petro-chemical engineering as a draughtsman on leaving school, so spent my days drawing anyway.

However, I was lucky to be able to resume my education in my 30’s, initially thinking I would just do a foundation course and see how it turned out. By this time I had two small children who I would sometimes take with me into college. I found I really enjoyed being back studying, much more than I ever had when I was at school so went on to take a BA Hons in visual arts, gaining a first class degree, and then a Masters degree (in printmaking).
I have worked in MK as a community artist, adult education tutor and workshop leader, and then, most recently as Director of MK Arts for Health the arts charity based in Milton Keynes Hospital.
There are a lot of projects in the hospital which I made working with local community groups and children, including two of the courtyard gardens and landmark artworks around the hospital corridors and in the children’s wards.
I loved working at the hospital, helping to make it a nicer place to be, but I left MK Arts for Health several years ago so I would have more time to produce my own artwork.
My main interest and inspiration in my art has always been the natural world and living forms. I am especially interested in trees and plants. I usually work in printmaking, ranging from etching to relief on woodblock and Lino.
Recently I have focussed on landscape, and I am now working on prints relating to  Milton Keynes. I’ve took part in Bucks Open Studios for the last two years which was a brilliant experience.
I will be in Open Studios again this year, but this time I’m exhibiting with a group of artists at the Church of Christ the Cornerstone Gallery in Central Milton Keynes, more info will be coming soon ……