In May of 2020 I managed to visit for the first time Lukesland Gardens in Devon. Having emerged from lockdown for my first inspirational visit of the spring the hues and compositions were breathtaking. With streams and rivers winding their way through the gardens I fell in love with this stark contrast of the dark banks, the rhododendron pinks catching on the waters. A piece of secluded heaven.
Pride and Joy
'Pride and Joy' was inspired by a stunning magnolia tree that hugs the paths of the formal gardens at Cotehele National Trust. I was particularly wanting to create this large painting for my solo show in April 2023, it was positioned by the window which over looked the flowering tree itself. It was thrilling to be able to share the experience of walking through the painting!
My inspiration is driven by walking through the landscape that surrounds me. As each painting takes many weeks, I take hundreds of photographs on site, placing myself as if I were painting in situe and capturing the light naturally using no filters. I want to be able to come back to the studio still breathing and seeing all the nuances that have captivated me.