brushstrokes & lines exhibition with the Cart Lodge Artists Forest Row

I have been attending The Cart Lodge Art group for the past 10 years and although I am not a painter it has been great to explore different mediums and work alongside talented artists who had been taught and inspired by Anke Loewensprung before she left the area.

Krista was approached a year ago by the Christian Community in Forest Row and asked whether we would be interested in exhibiting there. We agreed and met to discuss the exhibition last June shortly before Krista decided to return home to Switzerland to be near her family. In September we realised with all our other commitments that we needed to spend our Fridays that we normally met to paint getting our artwork framed and organising the PR etc. for the exhibition. It is always gratifying and rewarding to see your own work properly framed and ready to hang and we are looking forward to meeting anyone who can make the Open Evening on 28 February.

Below is a flyer with all the details:

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Exhibiting: ViewSeven: ‘A Sense of Place’ 5-9 December Menier Gallery

I will be exhibiting with ViewSeven at the Menier Gallery 

ViewSeven is a group of artists dedicated to the making of art textiles. This exhibition explores responses to different environments and landscapes, and encompasses a wide range of media from raw earth pigments, plant dyes and fibre reactive dyes, with stitch being ever present.

Whilst the works are textile based, this simply means that the starting point is a piece of cloth and in that respect, the work is no different to that of a painter whose starting point is canvas – a piece of cloth. Art textiles are also great for interiors as their softness absorbs sound and provide a gentler feel to the harder, reflective qualities of framed work. Ultimately, ViewSeven’s shared aim is to create great art for contemporary living – art people can live with and enjoy.

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new year new studio space…

Posted on January 1, 2017 

New year – new studio space.  I am so excited to be starting 2017 in my new dedicated studio space after many years of working in my office trying to keep the interior design practice separate from the art ‘studio’ and not spilling pigment or hot wax on the oak floor.

featured artist in the Art Quilts International book Abstract & Geometric by Martha Sielman

Posted on December 29, 2016 | Leave a comment

It is a great privilege to have been included as a ‘featured artist’ in Martha Sielman’s  Art Quilts International book:  Abstract & Geometric that was released on 28 December 2016.

Once Martha selected my work from images back in 2014 we did an email interview about my work and studio practice and have communicated regularly since to update any information that was relevant until the book went to print late last year.

It is a really informative book about the international art quilt genre with interesting interviews with the artists, high quality photographic images of their artwork and a well considered layout so you can see the images clearly which makes it a great reference book.

Available on Amazon:  Abstract & Geometric by Martha Sielman

Introduction to the book:

“These engaging works of art represent a range of styles across the abstract art spectrum. 300 gorgeous art quilts, bursting with color and excitement, capture the work of 124 major quilt artists from 18 countries. In-depth interviews with 29 of the artists help us understand their inspirations, their techniques, and their challenges. Learn about how Denyse Schmidt makes her color choices. Find out how Fumiko Nakayama first discovered the mola techniques for which she is famous. Discover why Sue Benner is drawn to plaids and why Deidre Adams likes old books. Participating artists come from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, the UK, and across the US.”

Two red dots on opening week of the RA Summer Exhibition

Posted on June 15, 2016

The Summer Exhibition at the RA opened this week and both pieces of my work have sold.  “Climping Wood” sold on Buyers Day and “Furnace Wood” in the opening week. The exhibition is great and definitely worth a visit.

“Furnace Wood” (846) is in Gallery VIII selected and hung by David Remfry RA and Climping Beach (1014) is next door in Gallery IX selected and hung by David Mach RA, Cathie PilkingtonRA & Bill Woodrow RA.  On page 30 of the Summer Exhibition Illustrated catalogue (double page photograph) “Climping Beach” is shown lying on the floor of Gallery IV – the opposite end of the RA from Gallery IX!

This is the first year you can view and buy the artwork online  Summer Exhibition Explorer. It gives a good overview of the exhibition and details of the artwork in each Gallery. You can view Climping Beach and Furnace Wood.

On Saturday 11 June BBC2 broadcast  Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.  Morgan Quaintance and Kirsty Wark access all areas at the Royal Academy as the institution prepares for its annual artistic extravaganza.

This year’s show is curated by the sculptor Richard Wilson and will bemarked by what he calls the ‘wow factor’. ABC bring their glamorous pop genius to the RA and we also hear the stories of the aspiring artists who submitted their paintings in the hope of getting on the walls of this hallowed institution.

Varnishing Day 3 June 2016


Posted on May 31, 2016 | Leave a comment

Royal Academy of Arts SUMMER EXHIBITION 2016 – VARNISHING DAY 3rd June 2016

On Friday 3rd June I join the other Royal Academy of Arts Non-Members for Varnishing Day, historically an opportunity for artists to “varnish” and touch up their work, now a celebration of the Summer Exhibition where refreshments are served and prizes given and an opportunity to see our work hung before the exhibition opens to the public.

Prior to the reception we are greeted in the Annenberg courtyard of the Royal Academy by a steel band which leads the procession along Piccadilly to St James’s Church where a service for the artists is held before returning to party in the galleries.

RA Summer Exhibition 13 June to 21 August 2016

Summer Exhibition submission:

  • Two pieces of work can be entered – the entry deadline was 12 February or when 12,000 entries are received
  •  11 March:  notification that work had been shortlisted for delivery to the RA
  • Delivery pack arrived to label artwork
  • 12 or 13 May dates to deliver 2 dimensional artwork to the RA
  • 19 May:  notification that work is still under consideration
  • 28 May confirmation that both pieces were selected and hung

Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibition 2016

Posted on May 29, 2016 

Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2016:   13 June-21 August 2016

I am very excited and honoured that my artwork “Furnace Wood” and “Climping Beach” have been selected for the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition this year