Grief and Wellbeing in Art

Grief and Wellbeing in Art

The work I have created for this years HACS exhibition is inspired by my memories of my Dear darling Gran and the objects that I possess since she has died. This has also been a wonderful opportunity for me to combine my work as a Grief Recovery Specialist and as an...
Coffee ..Perfect for Rainy Days

Coffee ..Perfect for Rainy Days

Thank God for cafes and coffee when the weather is as bad as it is today! Sat comfortably in a leather chair lost in the book ‘Iris & Ruby’ by Rosie Thomas. Loving the continuous pen lines as one object is drawn next to another. I have noticed that...
Coutellerie Quatre – Wire & Emulsion paint

Coutellerie Quatre – Wire & Emulsion paint

I have to confess that this piece came about purely by chance and I love beautiful discoveries that come about through play!   I was experimenting with the wire drawing  and struggling to see it when the background was a dark piece of cardboard.  I got hold of a cork...
Coutellerie Trois – Wire & Stitch

Coutellerie Trois – Wire & Stitch

The idea development of these pieces has been very exciting; such as how the wire writing on Coutellerie Deux inspired me to do the wire drawing on this canvas. I realised that I found the joins ( in wire) quite exquisite, it wasn’t just the wire outline that...
Coutellerie Un – Pen, Stitch & Panels

Coutellerie Un – Pen, Stitch & Panels

I have for many years now drawn and stitched the world as I see it: snippets of moments, soaking up the ambience, the food, the drink, the people around me –  things they say, clothes they wear, lyrics of a song that is playing. But with this new body of work I...
Coutellerie Deux – Paint, Pen & Stitch

Coutellerie Deux – Paint, Pen & Stitch

This is a close up of Coutellerie Deux, my first attempt at painting on cotton and then stretching over a canvas. Drawing directly onto the painted surface felt amazing and I think I am addicted!  The pen sketch is of a Frenchman who was sat quietly across from me in...
The courting cake

The courting cake

  This is one of my ‘in love’ ( engagement, wedding, anniversary) series, that was personalised for the winner of my competition. All my illustrations are created with a fine pen and are usually a continual line drawing; frequently combined with...
Fox & Badger Keepsake inspired by a poem

Fox & Badger Keepsake inspired by a poem

  Two weeks a go I received an email from a lovely lady, I had previously met at a local business networking meeting  and she asked me if I could illustrate her dear friend’s poem. Apparently her friend  had written this poem especially for her much loved...
The  Grape & Olive, Swansea

The Grape & Olive, Swansea

We had such a lovely evening here at this restaurant & bar. I was so pleased that I had taken my old faithfuls along; my sketchbook and my jam-packed pencil case.  It was after a few glasses of delicious wine and and an even more delicious fish dish , that I...
Keepsake made from dog’s t-shirt

Keepsake made from dog’s t-shirt

A friend of mine asked me to make something special for her daughter. Her daughter’s much loved dog had sadly passed away and she was struggling with the loss of her faithful companion. She wanted me to create a keepsake out of his aqua t-shirt. This charming...