It is fair to say I am fascinated by seashells and pretty much most natural objects washed up on our shorelines (dead or alive!) and I can be found on most holidays, head down, foraging along the tideline filling my pockets with bits & bobs to paint.
From my travels exotic shells washed in from the Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean are always beautiful finds and while much less exotic, shells, pebbles, feathers, sea glass and pottery plucked from the Devon shores and the local estuary are great inspiration for me. I am currently painting a collection from my finds along the shores of the Exe Estuary to see the changes as the river meets the sea.
I have set about painting the marine objects I have found on my travels, so you can enjoy them too.
When I have time, I pop into my local antiques centre and occasionally find little treasures to paint. My key, bottles and letter series of watercolours are all based on these finds.
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2013 Exeter Open Studios – 22nd, 23rd & 24th March – Malt House, Globe Hotel, Topsham, Devon.
2013 Topsham Food and Craft Fair, Matthews Hall, Topsham. 30th June 10am – 2pm
2013 Devon Artist Network – Gloss Gallery, Exeter 4th July – 24th August
2013 Harefield Art Co-operative, Lympstone, Devon – 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th August
2013 Topsham Art Show – Topsham School – 27th July – 10th August (open every day)
2013 Devon Open Studios – my studio in Topsham – 7th – 22nd September 11am – 6pm
2014 Exeter Open Studios – Matthews Hall, Topsham – 28th, 29th & 30th March
2014 ‘Recollection’ Exhibition – Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton – 15th March – 19th April
2014 Harefield Art Co-operative, Lympstone, Devon – 1st – 7th August
2014 Topsham Art Show – Topsham School – 2nd – 17th August Estuary Cup – WINNER ‘Best in Show’
2014 Pebblebed Food and Craft Festival – 13th & 14th September
2015 Exeter Open Studios – Malt House, The Globe Hotel, Topsham 20th, 21st & 22nd March
2015 ‘Definitely Devon’ a DAN Exhibition at Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) – Exeter 2nd March – 27th September
2015 Forge 2 Gallery – Summer Exhibition – Culworth Northamptonshire
2016 Artisan Gallery – Coastal Exhibition – Lucius Street, Torquay – 2nd July – 23rd July
2017 Topsham Summer Art Show – 12th – 27th August
2017 Devon Open Studios – 9th – 24th September – my studio in Topsham
2017 South West Academy of Fine and Applied Artists – Open Exhibition
2018 Art Week Exeter (AWE) 21st May – 28th May
2018 Topsham Summer Art Show – August
2018 Devon Open Studios 8th – 23rd September – my studio in Topsham
2019 Exeter Craft Market 4th 5th & 6th July – Exeter Cathedral Green