Borders Art Fair

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It was an early start for me. Driving through the busy west Cumbria traffic up to Wigton to meet Alison. Then Alison took over the driving to Kelso. Snaking through the rolling hills of Reiver country, spotting the Pele towers on the journey; Gilnockie Tower, just south of Langholm and Fatlips Castle perched on the top of Minto crags above Teviotda...
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St Helen's Street

It was in the late 80s when I lived in Cockermouth on South Street. I lodged with a delightful lady, that I called Mrs P. I was later to teach alongside her daughter. I lived opposite the charming Victorian, Croft Terrace, that's why it was the first streetscape I painted in Cockermouth. I had the front sitting room of the large Victorian semi and ...
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Collage

 Collage, from the French, means to glue or stick together. An art form, usually visual, involves creating a new composition from other materials. The origins of collage can be traced back hundreds of years. It enjoyed popularity in the early 20th century as an art form of novelty and an inspiration to the pop artists that followed. ...
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Painting Cockermouth

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It was in the late 80s when I lived in Cockermouth on South Street. I lodged with a delightful lady, that I called Mrs P. I lived opposite the charming Victorian, Croft Terrace, that's why it was the first streetscape I drew in Cockermouth. I had the front sitting room of the large Victorian semi and a bedroom to myself. Every morning Mrs P got up ...
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An Artist Date

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 "I cannot paint for monetary gain I would rather starve than sell one piece of my work - but when I depart this world people will stop and wonder at the beauty and truth I have endeavoured to portray." Percy Kelly in a Letter to Chris Wadsworth When I had to miss the preview evening for the Percy Kelly Exhibition at The Beacon due to covid I ...
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The art and craft fair in the United Reformed Church in Cockermouth

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8.30am and the stall holders arrive and set up. All the crafters make their own products and we meet and sell together monthly. I'm the resident artist selling my cards, prints, map collages and some original paintings. Today we have two jewellers, Christina and Alison. Christina uses beads, crystals, shell pearls and gem stones to make matching ea...
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March in the Cathedral

During the month of March, I will be exhibiting work in the shop inside Carlisle Cathedral.  There will be original paintings of the buildings in the cathedral complex. These come beautifully mounted. There will also be prints and cards of my mapscapes and landscapes.  Time March  Location Carlisle Cathedral  Tick...
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My recent press coverage!

My recent press coverage!
It was great to be interviewed and features in a recent BBC article called 'Focus on west Cumbria: The woman who paints Whitehaven' and also to get a lovely spread in the Cumbria Life magazine!Read the full article by visiting the BBC website: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-cumbria-62880790
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Back on the Pevsner Project

Nikolas Pevsner was an architectural and art historian best known for his monumental guides, in County volumes, of The Buildings of England. I first came across his name when I was travelling around Cumbria with an old guidebook of my Mum's. She worked in the Tourist Information Centre in Whitehaven and had a number of reference books to ...
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#womanwhopaintswhitehaven

I have spent the last few years engaging with the Cumbrian landscape in all kinds of media. I have painted and collaged the forests, fells and coasts. When lockdown happened and the shops and galleries closed and the printers closed I was without my sources of income. However I was lucky to have the art materials I needed to create o...
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Dogs and Starlings

So I'm not going far at the moment. It's been icy on the roads and although numbers of Covid-19 are much lower round here, I'd rather keep a low profile until the vaccine has been rolled out. I have new art materials to play with and my camera with me on my walks and I have been experimenting with images of starlings. I have some gorgeous multi-pri...
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Adapting

I was so excited at the start of the year. My van was nearing completion and I had new work ready to print. I was all set to drive around the county with my books; Pevsner's Cumberland and Westmorland Buildings of England and Cumbrian Villages. Then Covid -19 changed all that. Initially I was unable to create, I was worried about fam...
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Exciting News

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​2020 looks set to be an exciting year for me. I am currently having a van converted into a Day/Camper van so that I can get around the county and paint new views. I'm looking forward to sharing pictures of it with you before I take to the road. Initially I will be going all around Cumbria's towns and villages and painting castles and churches and ...
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Sales before Christmas

There are still four more dates in Cockermouth before Christmas if you are wanting to give my art as a present to family and friends or to yourself. I also have two new colourful Christmas card designs available. The dates are 23rd November, 7th and 8th December and 21st December 10am - 4.30pm in the United Reform Church on Main Street 'Art is some...
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Time to Reflect

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Wow, time is moving fast these days. I'm sitting pondering where has this year gone as I stare out into the garden at the Acer turning a beautiful orange-gold. Autumn is here and I've just had a relaxing break with friends in Sherwood Forest reconnecting with nature. I took many photos, hoping to use them as reference photos for some new tree paint...
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What happened in Shap...

​Three days in Shap began in the Old Courthouse Gallery, meeting visitors at my 100 squares exhibition and delivering a community workshop where people could come along and have a go collaging with their own recycled material. It was a fun afternoon with two lovely, colourful and personalised pieces of work completed. Then I checked into my B and B...
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Inspired by the Solway

Driving slowly through a forgotten land of mudflats, salt-marshes and reed swamps seeking fresh inspiration, I see a man struggling to erect a tourist signpost in the strong wind. It's breezy, fresh and salty as I step gingerly onto the raised clumps of sediment and salt-resistant vegetation, next to the abandoned site of the once busy harbour and ...
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World Collage Day

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Today is World Collage day, created by Kolaj Magazine and I imagine there are all sorts of collage activity days taking place today across the globe. In my corner of the world, my 100 squares exhibition has opened at The Old Courthouse Gallery in Shap, Cumbria. Collage is a technique of an art production, primarily used in the visual arts, where th...
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Happy New Year

2019 is here and I'm excited for what this year will bring. Last year was busy but this year I am hoping to build new relationships with Galleries and Exhibitions. I have already booked in three new exhibitions for later in the year. Last years exhibition, 'Crossing Paths' with Jenny McLaren in Denton House was very enjoyable. This year we are work...
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Craft Fairs

​I've been selling at craft fairs for about two years now. Just twice a month at regular venues. But recently I've been spreading my wings and trying out a few new venues.  I meet lots of amazingly talented artists and crafters, many have jobs and are selling their work as a hobby, a few are full time artists. Space and facilities differ at ea...
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