2017 has been an eventful year and its interesting to look back on it with pictures. This year three large works on canvas were sold, Neon Dance and Summer Table. These bespoke commission paintings are designed for home spaces. I liaise with the clients as to their needs, colour and feel, being asked to paint on such a large scale is always such fun. Currently I am working on 'Summer Table' a big canvas, destined for a client in Germany, that has elements of the now sold 'Gin Party'.
After the Brighton Open House this year I took part in a group exhibition 'Line, Form, Light', alongside my partner Roy Matthews who showed his fabulous 'Light Paintings'. The exhibition was at the Colonnade House in Worthing, a superb artist-led space which is providing a great resource for local artists. I hope to be showing there again in 2019.
In the summer work started on our rather dilapidated shed at the end of the garden which I have been using as a studio for many years. Our good friend, Mark Salanson who usually is busy building boats in Shoreham, could see potential for the space. I have to say that it has totally transformed the space which he claimed was about to fall in on me! I now have a beautiful space to work in and hope to have an open studio next year at the beginning of June as well as the odd impromptu 'Studio Visits'.
2017 also saw my art auction raise over £400 for my charity Motor Neurone Disease Association. I auctioned many pieces over about a year to raise this amount and all thanks to generous people this amount went to the MND. It was in aid of my uncle John, a firefighter and a very brave man who sadly died in July this year.
I was approached by Wills Art Warehouse who asked if they could represent my Works on Paper at the Affordable Art Fair in October. I am delighted with this and they are such a great gallery and are taking them to the AAF in New York in January 2018.
2018 is also looking busy; I will be exhibiting a lot in Brighton with two pop up shows with my friend and ceramicist, Frances Doherty, the Brighton Open House and hopefully the Brighton Art Fair in September.