The texture and colour of fabric and thread have always set my creative ideas in motion. I’ve woven curtains and table linen, I’ve dyed and printed T-shirts and tunics and I like sewing. My contribution to the growing movement of slow fashion is to create artful wearable textiles using reclaimed fabric.
Still Life Paintings
When I paint still life my motifs are usually an imagined setting as opposed to real items arranged in front of me. I enjoy the liberty of exploring patterns and colours as a means of abstraction. The media used are oil paint and textured canvas, and sometimes watercolour on paper.
With their often flattened perspective and with stylising distortions my landscape paintings are not meant to represent the realistic world. I prefer to remember patterns that are specific to vistas I want to explore, and I combine landscape features I like when I compose an image. Oil paint on textured canvas is my preferred medium.
My drawings tend to be mixed media work on paper, the tools used are graphite and charcoal, ink, wax crayons and pastels, sometimes I add watercolours. A few of the drawings are less stylised than my oil paintings but newer work is taking off in a more abstract direction and the format is getting larger.
Most of my printed work are linoprints in expressive black and white, or multi-colour reduction prints. Printmaking to me means delightful experimentation with different techniques, and I have done drypoint etching, collagraphs, monoprinting and lithography. Before printing on paper I spent several years block printing on fabric.
Painting vintage furniture and accessories was the main part of my art practice when I lived in Canada back in the 1990’s. Now upcycling has become mainstream in Europe so I have taken up furniture painting again as a sideline; I transform vintage furniture into colourful eye-catching accent pieces.