Frida Kahlo Finished!

Thank you so much to Ali who commented on my previous blog and gave me the confidence to remove much of Frida’s nose and start again!                                                       Finally I am happy, and here she is…


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Why are noses so difficult?!

I’m currently working on a portrait of Frida Kahlo for Red Propeller Gallery, Kingsbridge. Sarah Anslow, the gallery owner, recently visited Mexico and is crazy about all things Frida! At the moment, I cannot get Frida’s nose right – more work to be done… I won’t give up the challenge!

Headdress, work in progress

Headdress, work in progress

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Terrible nose – work in progress!

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Ffound exhibition 2016

So excited that I’ve been asked to exhibit in the Ffound exhibition 2016!

The show will be at the Woolff Gallery, Charlotte Street, London W1 , from Sept 24th 2016 and will feature some amazing work by artists using found materials (eg Finn Stone, Keith Haynes, Joanne Tinker, Zac Freeman.) Go to the Woolff gallery website to check out the fantastic shows from 2014 and 2015.

I will be showing my Beethoven diptych, Composer Decomposed, as well as 2 other works.



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Red Propeller FAB party

Red Propeller gallery in Kingsbridge held a FAB party this week, complete with iconic ice lollies! The gallery is so exciting, full of the weird and the wonderful – eclectic, quirky Art.     I thoroughly recommend a visit if you’re anywhere near Devon in the UK!                             Here are a few photos from the evening…

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Composer (finally) Decomposed

Having deconstructed Beethoven, the second part of the work is finally complete.  Almost all the materials which made up the image are displayed in a clear jar, set in a recess in the silhouette background which I painted white after removing the found objects. Just a few items are placed in their original positions to connect the 2 pieces of the work as a diptych. Now I am awaiting a suitable venue/exhibition in which to display it. This work has been an experiment but I’m really pleased with it!

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Ludwig Van Beethoven

composer Decomposed

Composer Decomposed

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Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Last week, for the first time in my life, I visited the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy in London. The visit was great fun – stimulating, amusing, at times controversial.

Some works were beautiful and  some executed with great skill.  Others were so amateurish that one wonders how they got in (a potato print?) Here are some that caught my eye…


Avocado Coconut Egg, El Anatsui, recycled aluminium cans, copper wire




Silver Hart, David Mach, coathangers and steel


Sea Path, Barbara Rae, mixed media


Ancestral Figures: Two Dogs with a Barrel, John Hewitt, pencil

At first glance, the above work looked like a photograph of an antique ceramic. It won the Jerwood Prize for drawing.

It was the price of the work below (£210,000) rather than the work itself , that made it a talking point and rather memorable!!


Action Painting, Allen Jones, painted fibreglass, stainless steel and paintpot

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Feature in Workbox magazine

My background is in textiles and embroidery, the subject of Workbox magazine.                       My work will feature in an edition later this year and, as a taster, an image has been posted in the gallery section of the latest issue…

Please click on the links below to view the image and the magazine cover…

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