From an early age I discovered my love of painting and drawing and always thought that I would go to University and maybe become a fashion and fabric designer. However, fate played a hand and for personal reasons which included the untimely death of my father I was unable to take advantage of further education.
Various differing employments led me into work that involved numbers and maths. Whilst bringing up two young children I eventually I found myself completing an Open University Mathematical Sciences degree followed by a PGCE. Art though has always been working away in the background and now I have finally retired from teaching Mathematics I have been provided with the opportunity to express my artistic thoughts.
My love for art, combined with my knowledge of mathematics and geometry, has subconsciously intertwined to provide the stimulus for my creative ideas. However, it is also important for me to aim to convey a sense of place and emotion in my work.
Where possible I make a point to try not to work too much from photographs. During this quiet period in lockdown when I could not get out and sketch, I took the opportunity to reflect on family memories, happy holidays and places that I have visited and enjoyed. Subsequently, I used these reflections and memories to inform my work. It is quite therapeutic to look back in time and revisit feelings, thoughts and experiences and then translate these into a painting.
My reflections of a Cornish holiday in St Ives was the inspiration for the piece in this exhibition. The light in St Ives is rather special and I wanted to capture this and the feeling of joyousness of a time where we were lucky enough to have experienced a fantastic family holiday. We had made the decision to return this year……….…but then Covid 19 turned up!
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