The Thought and Memory Collection

This collection represents my first real exploration of a totally abstract concept. How does one translate the feel of a particular memory? How do you share the textures and colours of 
a thought if you can't use words? 

Emotion is such an integral part of existence but it's often the thing we struggle to communicate most. I  have assembled a collection that shares an intimate peek into my own thoughts and memories. 

Title: Sunbeams Through the Window

Date: March 2021

Size: 33 cm X 33cm (original piece)

Medium: Acrylic on cardstock 

Availability: Limited edition prints available - Please email for details

About the Piece: Cats know a thing or two about how to relax. Stretching out in the warm sunlit spot watching the light catch the floating dust in the air is heavenly. I, myself, fully admit to having picked a choice spot on the carpet to just absorb the warmth, lazily watching the dust particle "ballet" on more than one occasion! This piece is a representation of the simple magic in those moments. The gentle light, the peripheral shadows, the quiet peace. 

Title: Ocean Spray

Date: February 2021

Size: 50 cm X 50 cm 

Medium: Acrylic on stretched canvas

Availability: Original Piece available, Limited edition prints available - Please email for details

About the Piece: There's a series of rock formations on the coastline near my parents' home. If you're enough of a daredevil you can stand on the tops of the cliffs and look down as the ocean beats against the shore. It's a surefire way to get a face full of salty spray, but I think it's more than worth the risk to witness the unbridled force of nature. The almost fractal patterns created in the crashing waves are totally mesmerising!
 
I painted this completely unintentionally - I had no idea what I had created until I stepped back for a look. I realised I'd even been holding my breath while painting as if underwater - I had been so transported by the colours and movement! I hope this piece will take you to those cliff tops too.

 

Title: Pink Haze 

Date: January 2021

Size: 57 cm X 57 cm

Medium: Acrylic on rescued stretched canvas

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About the Piece: This piece is - in my opinion - a wonderful example of a rescued canvas which I was given around 2018. I repaired the original and then during an experimental phase painted a solitary tree and highlighted it with glitter. It just didn't look right, so it sat at the back of my storage unit, until early 2021. 

This is one of my personal favourites because of the imperfections. The dimples, the rough texture and ghostly outline of a tree are my contributions. But looking beyond that - somehow droplets of the blue ink from the very original piece have bled through my layers, adding these sapphire shadows to my candy floss pinks. I could never have guessed that would happen - but I'm utterly in love with the effect. 

Title: Green Musings

Date: January 2021

Size: 40 cm X 30 cm (original piece)

Medium: Acrylic on stretched canvas

Availability: Limited edition prints available - Please email for details

About the Piece: One of the things I love most is walking through the forests near my home with my sister and our dogs. 

There are these huge pine trees and, in winter, when covered in frost just peeking through the sea fog, they are enchanting. 

I wanted to share not only the sight of the giants unfurling in the mist, but the smell of salt and sap, as well as the bracing chill of the sea breeze and the sharpness of the pine needles.

Title: Raspberry Ice 

Date: March 2021

Size: 20 cm X 20 cm 

Medium: Acrylic on stretched canvas

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About the Piece: Until COVID19 hit the UK, my husband and I used to have a once a week date to our local cinema. My husband reviewed films as part of his work, so we made this weekly ritual a time for us. 

Part of our tradition was the concession stand - salted popcorn - and my own guilty pleasure - an atrocious raspberry ice slurry. These drinks are the most unnatural shade of blue, and - honestly - taste purely of food colouring and synthetic flavours. 

Then Corona started to get worse. In early March - a full three weeks ahead of the rest of the country -  my husband and I chose to isolate to protect my grandmother. 

This piece was created as we came up to a year of shielding. A year without our cinema dates, and the potent but delicious raspberry slush drinks. The blue I used here is as close to the industrial shade used in the drinks, but you can also spot odd fleck of a berry red base coat - which is as close to the namesake fruit as the flavour of this particular potion gets! 

Title: La Vie en MAGENTA

Date: February 2021

Size: 35 cm X 50 cm 

Medium: Acrylic on canvas board 

Availability: Not available for purchase

About the Piece: This piece of work was gifted to a pink loving family member. 

It was a great exercise for me as it was based off the shades of her two favourite lipsticks. 

One is an icy pink. It's a pale, metallic shade, which unlike most metallic pinks, has a very cool undertone. Despite this, it doesn't appear to have a blue tint, making it distinctly pink, not straying into the tones of lavender or lilac. 

The other is a true hot pink. A strong magenta which entrances the onlooker and emboldens the wearer. This lipstick is only really brought out for special occasions, or as war paint. As such I didn't want the presence of the magenta to overpower the more subtle frosted rose.

This person is an inspiration to me in so many ways, so I wanted this piece to reflect their warmth as well as their colours of choice, which led me to include the warming, buttery tones in the lower section of the piece. 

It was a joy to work on and it won't be the last time you see this colour combination in my work!

Title: Cucumbers from Space

Date: March 2021

Size: 20 cm X 20 cm 

Medium: Acrylic and gold leaf on rescued stretched canvas

Availability: Original Piece available, Limited edition prints available - Please email for details

About the Piece: Small, but what a mighty impact! This piece is pretty, bright, and fun. Despite being a smaller canvas there's no way it won't catch your eye! 

This is another rescue canvas. I decided to use undiluted, bold colours for this one because I wanted it to really stand out. Once finished, the piece reminded me of the stunning space photographs we now have the privilege to see. 

The inky edges with the explosive rip of colour. Space gases twirling and spiralling in the most impressive cosmic kaleidoscope.

As for the title, what can I say? I have an odd sense of humour. 

Title: First Signs of Spring

Date: February 2021

Size: 40 cm X 60 cm

Medium: Acrylic on canvas board 

Availability: Original Piece available, Limited edition prints available - Please email for details

About the Piece: As you will have no doubt noticed by now, I love nature. Everything about it fascinates me. This is especially so around the time of Imbolc, when we start to see the very first comings of spring. 

This piece in particular was inspired by two things. Firstly, the shade of vivid emerald that signifies the new growth of almost every plant in the garden. From the newly planted shoots, to the buds on the Rowan tree. Everything large and small is decorated in this declaration of growth and new energy. 

Secondly, it embodies the feeling of unfurling. If you take a step back and watch you'll see all of nature literally opening up in front of you. Fern fronds are a classic example, but they are not the only one. Baby animals uncurl themselves, stretching from the comfort of the foetal position. Blades of grass and sunflowers alike reach for the warmth of the newly returned sun. It's as beautiful as it is energising to be surrounded by this rebirth.