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A new home, a new view
Relocating from Oxford to Glynde in East Sussex
I was born and raised in Oxford, and except for the 3 years I spent studying down in Cornwall, I have spent the majority of my life based there. I had my lovely studio at Cuckoo Lane near Witney for 5 years, but this summer, a new chapter called us, in the rolling south downs of East Sussex. My partner has found work near Heathfield as a watchmaker (his instagram account can be found here), and so the search for an inspiring yet affordable place to live, and a studio for me, became a sudden priority as lock down eased in the summer of 2020.
We were fortunate enough find a cottage in the idyllic village of Glynde. With incredible views of mount Caburn, we jumped at the chance to live somewhere so beautiful. Our new home is part of a row of old miners cottages (the old chalk pit still lies behind the houses, visible as a huge white expanse when you are on top of Caburn). The village itself is full of artists and craftspeople. There is a blacksmith and a shoemaker (both called Tom), several artists who exhibit during artwave festival. We feel right at home here.
Since we arrived, I have been utterly captivated by Glynde, walking around and drinking it all in. Even if the pandemic has made exploring and meeting people harder than it might be otherwise, we have been so lucky to move in during the summer. I will never grow tired of the view from our windows and how it changes each day with the weather, with the seasons. The allotments burst with life in the summer (especially this year!) and we are treated to the most amazing sunsets over Caburn. I love the way the light moves across the hills in brilliant patches on bright cloudy days. I love the sound of the train pulling into the little station at the end of our road. I love the way the wind whistles through the valley and makes everything dance, an invisible choreographer.
I simply couldn’t wait to paint the view from our house as soon as we moved in. So in the quiet weeks before I had to start thinking about moving my studio over, I worked from our living room window and attempted to capture the way our new home was working its way quickly into my heart. I am looking forward to painting many more landscapes in this beautiful place over the coming years.
New series launches
I have recently launched an ongoing series of smaller works, ‘Celestial Bodies’. These paintings feature ambiguous spherical forms sitting with in a fluid environment.
The process of making these paintings is inspired by the macro and the micro, the connection of all things universally. I am excited by the idea that we are each part of a fluctuating fabric that is woven together in such a way that nothing moves through it with out effecting another thing. We are shaped by, and we shape, all that surrounds us.
These paintings play with the idea that the space between things is not emptiness. Nothing sits in isolation.
Affordably priced between £85 and £180, I will be releasing these works in small collections every couple of months on my studio shop.
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The ‘At Home’ Series
Painting During Lockdown
During this strange time, as we have all been asked to stay home to protect our NHS and fellow citizens, I have begun a series of paintings of the windows around my home. During these quiet moments, as I follow the light around the house, I’ve been meditating on what home means. A word that carries such a lot of significance, especially right now.
The word ‘home’ can apply to so many things, a property where you live, a place you grew up, somewhere you feel you belong, a country you call your own… the planet you live on. But I have been thinking about what home becomes when the world around us feels overwhelmingly uncertain. Home is a place of safety, a refuge. Home is the one space you can feel you have control over, however small it might be, it’s a place to ground oneself, a place to heal.
A home should be a basic human right, and it is so wrong that we live in a world where anyone should find themselves homeless. But even those of us who are lucky enough to have a place we can call home, have to face the truth that it still can not offer us what we crave most: certainty.