January 2020 I spent two weeks on a residency at Brisons Veor, Cape Cornwall observing and painting the sea. The first week was spent with fellow artist Ann Chester King. We made our own work as well as some collaborative work such as “Into the Deep” below, for an exhibition called “Sea Change” in Taunton in March. It was a very productive two weeks and an amazing experience listening to the waves crashing below. Storm Brendan came and went and kept me studio bound painting for a couple of days.
July 2018 I entered the Ilminster Open and both pieces were selected and hung. The painting “Trees facing into the wind” won a prize. The work is still available and will be exhibited at the Open Studio event at Meadow Farm in September with Somerset Art Works.
May and June 2018 saw me making a large number of abstract paintings. These were made in response to each of the twelve movements of the Soulful Messiah – A Celebration.
This gospel and jazz arrangement is at times mournful, joyous and very lively. The work was commissioned for a performance at the Wiltshire Music Centre in Bradford-on-Avon where it was exhibited and also projected during the performance. It was an amazing performance receiving a standing ovation. This body of work has been exhibited at East Lambrook Manor and Gardens as well as at the Wiltshire Music Centre.