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I am a stone carver of over 20 years experience who has recently dipped my toes into painting and found it exhilarating and refreshing.
In 2020, just before the world changed, galvanised by an online course, I began to paint. My painting was born in lockdown.
I am based in Ancrum and when not stone-carving, work in mixed media, embracing chance and serendipity. My practice evolves from playing with colour, form and memory. I use acrylic paint, collage, pastel, I sand back and paint over. Use rollers and a wire brush.
I begin by playing with colour and composition, with no plan or direction. I work on several boards at once, which share a colour pallet if little else. Often a photo attached in collage informs the work's direction. I love old copies of National Geographic.
My interests lie in the environment, the elements, our precious planet. Dreams and travel also feature in my work. I am interested in symbolism and there is a surrealistic look to certain paintings.
I renovated my workshop to encompass a painting studio with a window.
There is a separate stone-carving workshop. And yes, my stone work continues, mainly to commission and in the courses which I love to run. Here are sculptures for sale as well as paintings, and some work in stone specially made for this event. There will also be handmade cards and smaller unframed work
So now there will be much more to explore when you venture down the rutted track……
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