The South Downs, the inspiration to paint a picture and then write a novel.

The South Downs, the inspiration to paint a picture and then write a novel.

A journalist recently interviewed me about my paintings and debut novel ‘The Painting in Room 48’, and wanted to know  where my inspiration came from to create contemporary paintings. I explained that I liked to listen to stories, conversations and occasionally interviews on Woman’s Hour. Rather than draw sketches, I prefer to make notes about […]

What are Artist Books?

What are Artist Books?

I read this quote somewhere, ‘ Artist Books are works of art that utilize the form of a book – using structure or function of the book as inspiration.’ I wanted and needed a change from working on my tactile paintings and liked the idea of creating Artist Books out of wood, leather, gold leaf, […]

What is an Artist or Writers Residency

What is an Artist or Writers Residency

I have had the benefit of enjoying an artist residencies for both art and writing. A residency gives you a new space to work in, precious time to focus without interruption from the real world. In my case I have chosen to work in isolation and these experiences have helped me focus to on me.  […]

How did I write a Novel

I am a professional artist and this year I published my first novel THE PAINTING IN ROOM 48 (available Amazon). I did not plan the story, the idea evolved over a period of time. You often read about how you should write about what you know and it seems so obvious because you then come […]

How to take part in an Art Trail

How to take part in an Art Trail

All over the country from early summer, Artists and Makers open up their studios to the public, show their work and share the art experience and see art in all its forms. The artist become part of the art community and visitors feel welcome and enjoying seeing the work. They can ask advice, see what […]

South Pole, record breaker Lewis Clarke

South Pole,  record breaker Lewis Clarke

The ‘I AM NOT WHO YOU THINK I AM’ collection of tactile portraits includes the remarkable Lewis Clarke. ( to be shown at Riverhouse Barn Arts Centre. Walton on Thames 17th March to 28th March) To create a collection of portraits I wanted to include a cross section of people in society, people who perhaps […]

Mr Keith Richards, his library and his portrait

Mr Keith Richards, his library and his portrait

Mr Keith Richards is part of my collection of Tactile Portraits ‘ I AM NOT WHO YOU THINK I AM’. The exhibition will be seen at River House Barn Art Centre, Walton on Thames 17th – 28th Feb. I have to say first and foremost that I am not a great fan of the Rolling […]

Kevin Carey, Chair RNIB, Author, Poet.

Kevin Carey, Chair RNIB, Author, Poet.

A few years ago I attended the ‘In Touch with Art’ International Conference  organised by St. Dunstans, held at the V & A. This also gave me an opportunity to showcase my tactile paintings. In the distance, I saw a man with long grey hair and a full grey beard.  He put me in mind of an […]