I will be hanging my Glimpses collection of solarplate etchings on Thursday 12 March 2015.
In March 2012 my husband Luke, at the age of 50, had major heart surgery at Papworth Hospital. While waiting with him in the recovery room I watched Luke, and 7 other patients be revived by the most amazing team of nurses and doctors. I was in total awe and admiration. During those five hours I made a decision to try and do something that I found challenging, and raise money for the British Heart Foundation. I set myself a target of £5,000 from March 2012 – April 2013.
The day Luke came home 10 days after his operation I booked myself on a self-funded 100km trek in the Sahara Desert for April 2013 to mark the end of my year of fund raising. I began to train by walking alone, with my family or with friends who helped me along the way.
The solarplate etchings you will see at the exhibition represents a walk I took during the 11 months of preparation from April 2012 – March 2013 while training for the Sahara trek. They are walks through Cambridge Colleges on a summers day, in the Peak District in snow, along the coastal paths of Norfolk, around the fields of Cambridgeshire and also a trek with my soul sister, Vicki, in the mountains of Coorg, Southern India.
At the end of my fund raising year I exceeded my target and in total raised £9895. I split the funds with the British Heart Foundation, the Joe Herrington Memorial Fund (this funds screening for heart conditions in teenagers through CRY) and the American Heart Association. I finished the 5 day 119km trek in 39ºC temperatures, a few pounds lighter, with shredded feet, exhausted but happy.
This series of work is dedicated to those friends who walked, laughed, encouraged and inspired me during my year of fund raising. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for such wonderful memories.
My ‘Glimpses’ collection of eight small, square solarplate relief etchings are all in varied editions of 25. I have sometimes printed plates over the top of other plates, mixing the landscapes.
You will find etchings and monoprints on display and some selected solarplate etchings. The Gallery opened its doors last week after taking over the Burwash Art site from painter Cheryl Warren who is soon to be off on an exciting travel schedule.
I will have 26 etchings on display at Addenbrooke's Arts from 12 March 2015. More details will follow but here are 4 etchings from the range.
Forest Walk 1/25
Fragile Stems 12/25
I have been experimenting with handprinted bookmarks. Here are the first ones off the press.
I have a new stock of greeting cards at my studio. Each one is £2.50, or 5 for £10.00.
I am back in the studio now after taking time off during the Christmas holidays however my studio water pipe is frozen rather hindering my progress!
This week though I have been working on two paintings that have been on the easel for some months now. The layers of paint are taking much longer to dry but here is one of them that I am hoping will be finally ready in a few weeks. It is an oil on Douglas Fir wood panel called The Shed.
I am now back in the studio after taking a break over the Christmas holidays. Despite the chilly weather it is lovely to get going again. I am working on some new oil paintings and prints.
I am also in the process of purchasing a new exposure unit which will be an exciting edition to the studio.
My colours so far are more muted but that is a usual occurrence for this time of year!
I have had an interesting year.
Some of my highlights have been the launch of Cambridge Original Printmakers, working with Johnson Matthey on a team building event using art, my solo show at The Over Gallery and commissions for Eve Waldron Design and Addenbrooke's Arts.
I would like to thank everyone for coming to my 2014 exhibitions and I wish you a lovely Christmas break and a Happy New Year.
I have several prints in the browser at Cambridge Contemporary Art, Trinity St. You can choose from my new A3 prints from my Cambridge Walkabout range or some of my A4 solarplate etchings.
I will be at my studio and gallery from Monday 8 December until 20 December so please email me at email@example.com or telephone 07765 563908 to arrange an appointment. I have a selection of prints, framed and unframed, oil paintings on wood, gift boxed notebook and pen sets, individual cards suitable for Christmas messages and boxed cards sets that make ideal gifts and finally four of my mini oil paintings for sale too. There is something for everyone.
Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2015.
So, tomorrow doors open at 12 noon. The fairy lights will be up, the mulled cider on, mince pies at the ready and I'll be at the back on the stage waiting to greet you.
So venture down to Victoria St, off Christ's Pieces and look for the fairy lights. The Hall is behind the Unitarian Church that faces onto Emmanuel Road.
Victoria St is situated between equal distances between Grand Arcade, Park Street Queen Anne and Grafton Centre west. Otherwise, cycle or walk - it's going to be a nice day tomorrow:-)
Doors close on Cambridge Christmas 2014 at 8.30pm.
See you there.
I have been working on some new A3 solarplate etchings for a commission for apartments in central Cambridge. It has been a great project and here is one of the etchings. It is called a Single Study. This particular version is difficult to ink up due to the white space but it was a lot of fun to do. I will have a few colourways in my browser at my last show for 2014 - Cambridge Christmas. Doors open at 12 noon on Monday 24 November 2014.
Why not come along to the Cambridge Christmas show on Monday 24 November at the Unitarian Church Hall, Cambridge CB1 1JW, just off Emmanuel Road, and pick up some teacher gifts. My new range of notebooks and pens make ideal presents for those who have everything - there is even a greeting card inside the pack!
One of the reasons I started Cambridge Christmas was because as a self employed independent Painter and Printmaker I don't get to attend a 'work' Christmas party. So I decided to create my own with a group of friends but use it to sell our collections in a fun, quirky environment. It has now been voted by the Cambridge Evening News as the Number 1 place to buy unusual gifts straight from the makers. So the party just got bigger!
I will be showcasing a new range of products that make ideal Christmas presents. Notebooks and pen sets, calendars and a very small collection of mini oils. But there are only six of them so get there at 12 when the doors open!
Also I will have my Glimpses range framed in wood and perspex and a selection of greeting cards individually sold or in boxed sets. My Cambridge Walkabout set is now in limited supply due to popular demand.
Doors open at 12 noon until 8.30pm on Monday 24 November. Unitarian Church Hall, Cambridge, off Emmanuel Road, CB1 1EW. Come along and enjoy a mine pie, a glass of mulled cider and purchase some wonderful work straight from the makers.
Not long to go now before I finish this painting that is bound for level 9 at Addenbrooke's Hospital. Here it is a while ago now so watch this space to see the finished painting...
The exhibition of oil paintings, prints and greeting cards continues until 15 November 2014. The Gallery is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11 until 4 pm. For more information please go to the Over Gallery website.
You will also find ceramics, sculpture and jewellery at the Gallery.
Doors open at 6pm until 9pm on Thursday 16 October 2014. Cambridge Street Bakes have made me a specially commissioned biscuit that guests who arrive tomorrow evening can nibble on. For directions on how to get to the Gallery please go to the Over Gallery website.
You will find on display my new oil paintings on wood and canvas, a small collection of solarplate etchings, both framed and unframed, cards and some of my boxed cards too. Also in the Gallery René Viner will be showcasing some of her ceramic pieces that complement my work so beautifully. You will also find some of Janet Powell's jewellery in the display cabinet, Anine Cockwell sculpture and Katharina Klug ceramics.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
I am thrilled that I have a new stockist of my Cambridge Walkabout greeting cards.
Fitzbillies, famous for it's sticky Chelsea Buns has a selection of my Cambridge greeting cards within the bakery area.
Helen Taylor, owner of the Over Gallery has described my work as 'creating space and landscape into which your imaginations can wander. Under her huge skies there is a sense of palpable pause; an expectation hanging in the air.' My solo show starts with the Private Preview on Thursday 16th October then the Gallery will be open every Thursday - Saturday from 11am - 4pm.
I will displaying new oils on canvas and Douglas Fir wood panels and a collection of my solarplate etchings will also be available.
Painting the Blues is a line from one of my favourite songs Solid Air by John Martyn.
Back in February 2013 I held an Auction of Promises raising funds for the British Heart Foundation. When collecting donated prints I had a conversation with two Printmaker friends about creating an exhibition in central Cambridge solely to showcase Printmakers and the enormous variety of techniques that encompasses them.
Both of these friends, who had not met each other previously properly had both independently had the idea before so this time we got together and decided to really make it happen.
Sue Jones, Anthony Hopkinson and myself then started meeting regularly devising plans, budgets, approaching venues and tentatively asking fellow Printmakers if they thought it was a good idea or if they thought we were barking mad.
In January 2014 nearly 100% of our invited Printmakers took their places - we didn't expect that all but that proved to us that we were doing the right thing. The three Print Houses where many of the exhibitors trained were also enthusiastic about launching a show together.
Now we are nearly there. It has been a mammoth task, but so worth it.
Doors open at the Pitt Building, opposite Fitzbillies at 10.30am until 5pm every day from Saturday 27 September until Saturday 4 October. On Sunday 5 October we are open from 10.30am but doors will close at 1pm. We are holding a Private Preview on Friday 26th September for invited guests - we are limited on numbers to the Preview but if you would like to come then please contact me by email.
For all the information you need please go to the Cambridge Original Printmakers website.