Big Skies & Old Stones


Somehow it’s April. I don’t know where March went, but suddenly it’s April and I have a new exhibition opening next month at Chantry House Gallery.

The exhibition opens on Saturday May 20th at 10cm

I’m very excited. Last year I spent so long writing the Lost Houses book that very little real painting went on in my studio. I began to feel that maybe I had stage fright; that this lovely room with its large clean desks was too nice for me, and certainly too nice to make a mess in! But once I got started I realised how lovely it was to have this big light space. Large enough to work on more than one piece at once with underfloor heating to help dry things faster.

I have completed 7 paintings so far, with 4 more started.

Here are some work in progress pictures:

I almost named this collection ‘The Great Escape’ after a family free week last summer when I hired a car and drove all over North Yorkshire visiting beautiful places with a sketch book. It’s been lovely to escape into the blue skies over Castle Howard and Fountains Abbey during the dark winter months in West Yorkshire.



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