Having grown up in Swanage, I have always had an affinity with the landscape and coastline of Purbeck, a connection which is particularly reflected in my work. I grew up in Swanage (in an arty family- my dad was a comic strip artist, who worked locally (Roy of the Rovers, Charley’s War).
A fragment of fabric, a found image or a momentary observation may inform the direction a piece of work will take. Imagery is pieced together from the scraps of things I notice and record from everyday moments. Walking in my home town for instance: geological forms observed along a coastal path, patterns made by people on a crowded beach, seaside souvenirs stacked along shopfronts, a buzzing summer meadow.
My palette may veer from the cool natural hues of the chalk coastline to the bright, busy intensity of seaside souvenirs, reflecting a love of pattern and colour.
Quite recently, I have been considering the notion of the ‘found’ image; how snapshots of variable quality taken on a camera phone or screenshots can be cropped, enhanced, manipulated, re- worked in another medium. Taking figures in the landscape as the ‘motif’ I have processed them digitally, then crafted them manually as a series of embroidered ‘pattern samplers’.