Illustration Masters Finished!

This past year I have been studying my MA illustration at Nottingham Trent University. I have always said I would love to illustrate a children's book but never really done anything about it. Then I saw this course and thought I would go for it. I have used this year to study every aspect of children's book illustration and have managed to produce 4 finished stories which I am absolutely thrilled about. The course has been full on, none stop working but I have loved every minute. I have met some lovely people and learnt that I can produce far more work than I thought possible so there's no excuses for me now!

So in celebration of the MA students there will be an MA show at Bonington Gallery in Nottingham. The preview is on Tuesday 17th July 5-8pm everyone is welcome just register on the NTU website: 

https://www.ntu.ac.uk/c/mastered?utm_campaign=mastered

 

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Derbyshire Open Arts

Next weekend, Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th and Monday 28th is Derbyshire Open Arts weekend. 

I will be taking part this year and will be at Pitch Blue, Newbridge Works, Coldwell St, Wirksworth, Matlock DE4 4FB and will be there each day between 10-5.

I will be taking along a selection of paintings, prints, cards and postcards and would also love to discuss your possible commission ideas and options.

 Pitchblue, Wirksworth

Pitchblue, Wirksworth

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February 2018

Loops its been a while but here goes, a new post for the news section of my website :)

I'm very pleased to tell you that health wise all is really good, I continue to go for regular checks but so far all is well, I am so lucky. 

Anyway the cancer did me a favour in some ways, in particular it made me realise how very short life is and to enjoy every moment and it is with that in mind that I decided to take a MA in Illustration. I have always wanted to make children's books and this is what I am focussing on during the course. Whether I end up doing it or not doesn't really matter, i am giving it a go instead of talking about it and that feels good. 

At the end of May I will be taking part in Derbyshire Open Arts (details to follow). 

I do intend to update regularly so keep checking back here for latest news of exhibitions and events. 

Thank you ! X

July 2016

At the end of this month I will be having my 8th and last chemotherapy in my round of treatment and I cannot wait! It has been a challenge to say the least but a challenge that thousands of people go through every day. I know that I'm nowhere near finished, I've got radiotherapy and an operation to go through yet but chemotherapy has felt like the biggest hurdle both physically and psychologically. The fact that one minute you're happily tootling along in life and the next you're whisked into this parallel world of hospitals, appointments and illness is the strangest thing. It all happens so quickly that its all a bit of a blur, I think I've actually only just get my head around it all and I was diagnosed at the end of February.

During the good weeks I have been able to do some painting, this has been a joy and so therapeutic. I am able to totally focus on the painting and forget everything else which doesn't happen very often! Throughout July I have my work exhibited at Cromford Studio and Gallery where I am artist of the month. The gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday 10-5 and is a really special little place full to bursting with lovely art and crafts.

 

 

 Matlock Bath.

Matlock Bath.

August 2015

This month my work is being exhibited at Shipley Park Visitor Centre in Derbyshire from Sunday 9th to Saturday 22nd August. 

As well as prints and paintings you can also see a selection of my paper mâché models there all of which are available to purchase. 

 

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July commission

I just thought I would post this recent commission that I've completed for a lovely family from the Netherlands. They have spent the last year in Derbyshire and will be leaving again soon and wanted a painting to capture all of their memories of their time here. It was an absolute pleasure to do as they had so many ideas of what they would like in it and I really hope it brings back some lovely memories when they look at it in years to come :) 

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July 2015

I thought I would show you a few different things that I've been doing lately (although if you follow me on facebook you may already know). I have recently started to try using oil paints, they have always terrified me but seeing others using them and enjoying them so much pushed me into giving it a go.

 

I completed my first ever oil painting this month and really enjoyed it. It is of course of St Ives and is currently available to view and buy at Studio 61 at Lea in Derbyshire.

I have also taken part in the Buxton Spa Prize again but this year I have used oil paints to complete my painting, unfortunately I picked the worst weekend in June weather-wise to stay at Buxton but still managed to get out on 'The Slopes', my allocated spot, on the Sunday morning and spend a few hours out in the open painting.

I have also had some good news in that my entry to the Derbyshire Open Art Competition achieved Commended in this years competition. You can go and see this exhibition until 11th September at Buxton Museum and Gallery.

 

 St Ives oil painting

St Ives oil painting

 Early Sunday Morning at the Slopes, Buxton

Early Sunday Morning at the Slopes, Buxton

 Matlock Bath now at the Derbyshire Open Art Competition, Buxton

Matlock Bath now at the Derbyshire Open Art Competition, Buxton

June 2015

I have my work exhibited at a few different venues at the moment.

My exhibition at DEDA dance centre in Derby is on until July 25th.

I am also artist of the month at Cromford Studio and Gallery and Studio 61 at Lea near Matlock.

My local paintings are on show at Cromford while my coastal seaside paintings are with Karina at Studio 61, both are beautiful galleries full to the brim with local artists and designers work and are well worth a visit especially now that summer is here as they are in such a beautiful part of Derbyshire.

 bamaluz beach at Studio 61

bamaluz beach at Studio 61

 Scarthin at Cromford studio and gallery

Scarthin at Cromford studio and gallery

March 2015

I really can't believe it's March already. I've been making lots of art recently, I am now being represented by Fletcher Gate Gallery in Nottingham and so have been making lots of little paintings of scenes around Nottingham including Nottingham Castle and the 'trip to Jerusalem' , I've really enjoyed exploring the beautiful streets of Nottingham.

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The 'Trip to Jarusalem' pub, Nottingham   

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St Mary's Church, Nottingham

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Colwick Hall, Nottingham

October 2014

Throughout November I will have my work on show in a solo exhibition at the Cathedral Centre in Derby.

This exhibition will include lots of new paintings and is focused on Derby, in particular the views from the top of the Cathedral.

Earlier in the year I did the Cathedral Tower climb, 189 steps that lead you to the most amazing views of Derby and miles around (well worth the effort if you get the chance).

The exhibition will be open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, closed Sundays and runs from Saturday 1st  until Friday 27th November.

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September 2014

Next weekend, the 13th & 14th September I will be taking part in Melbourne Festival Art Trail.

i will be at Crane & Walton Solicitors (upstairs at) Williams Yard, Derby Road DE73 8FE

Its a really lovely event to take part in but even better to visit as there is such a variety of art on show and you get to visit some amazing venues. 

I've also got some work going into an exhibition at the Crypt Gallery St Ives at the end of the month as part of the Association of British Niave Artists annual exhibition. You can find out more at their website:  www.britishnaives.co.uk

This month I will hopefully be     cnsentrating on getting some work done for my solo exhibition at Derby Cathedral Centre in November, time is flying by this year!

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One of the paintings being exhibited at St Ives from Saturday 27th September until Thursday 9th October 2014

May 2014

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Here are some little paintings I've done of Cromford, Derbyshire which will soon be seen hanging in Cromford studio and art gallery.

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And here's a painting of St ives that will be going to Karina at Studio 61.

January 2014

I am very proud to say that I am now a member of The Association of British Naïve Artists.

I am proud because I share the honour with some amazing artists.

You can take a look at the website here: http://www.britishnaives.co.uk

I will be exhibiting as part of the group at The Crypt Gallery in St Ives, Cornwall from Saturday 27th September to Friday 10th October.

Im starting to fill up my diary with events for the coming year. So far the highlights for me include mysecond solo exhibition at Derby Cathedral Centre in November. I plan to work through the year on a series of brand new paintings featuring Derby and Derbyshire scenes.
Here's a little sneaky peek at a painting of Chester I've done for my daughters birthday.

August 2013

This month I have been busy creating 2 paintings of York. These are going to be available soon as limited edition prints at The Braithwaite Gallery at Lower Petergate in York. This is a lovely gallery owned and run by the artist Mark Braithwaite and his wife Anne, you can get further information at their website: http://www.yorkartist.com/

July 2013

This month I have been working on a couple of paintings. The first has been a commission for a lovely couple, painting their beautiful house and garden and of course including themselves and their family to complete the scene.
The second has been a painting of The Strand in Derby, a lovely old street in Derby which has beautiful buildings and which has recently been given a new lease of life with lots of independent shops all with beautiful shop fronts designed to show the original character of the area. This painting will be hanging in "Baked"cafe on the Strand.

February 2013

I've just finished my latest painting. I focus on the characters more than the place in this one. I enjoyed doing something a bit different and it was nice being able to add more detail to people who are usually too tiny.

January 2013

I am having an exhibition at

The Lally Gallery
Erewash Museum 
High Street 
Ilkeston 
DE7 5JA

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I will be showing prints and original paintings of local towns and villages as well as some coastal paintings.
I have painted 2 new paintings featuring areas close to the museum: Ilkeston Marketplace and South Street.
Postcards of some of the paintings will be available to buy from the museum.

To find out more about Erewash museum visit their website: www.erewashmuseum.co.uk

The museum is open Tuesday, Thursday,Friday and Saturday 10am to 4pm. Last admission 3.30pm

September 2012

I've finished 2 paintings this month, both of lovely seaside towns.
The first is Lynmouth and the second is Newquay