The Tulip Series – My love of this fragile flower has led me to engage with the design aspect from my quilting days in America. It gives me scope to engage in creating large tulip paintings based on my own designs, although the latest painting was adapted from an elevnth century wood carving.
I love colour so I have concentrated on the theme colour and texture, tying to create atmosphere-using layers of lace in some of the work, creating texture which runs through the whole body of work. I have looked at the designes of William Morris 1834-1896 and the many Dutch and Turkish tile designes from the Ottoman empire where the Tulip story first began.
'Money Makes The World Go Around' digital print from installation
Tulips From Amsterdam
The juxtaposition of 'shop windows' in the red light district of Amsterdam, the staid physical facades of church steeples, create a dramatic back drop for the fairy light lit canals which make up the magic patchwork of Amsterdam after dark. I admire and have looked at the work of Dutch artists Johannes Vermeer 1632-1676 and Pieter de Hooch 1629-1684 for my interior 'Window' series. I also engage with the work of German artists Otto Dix 1891-1969, George Grosz 1893-1959,
Spanish artist Pablo Picasso 1881-1973 and British artist/illustrator Aubrey Beardsley 1872-1898. These artists, especially Dix and Grosz, who were very much influenced by WW2, looked at the macabre and the sometimes seedier side of life around them.
'Cherry Picking' print from painting 14"x14"
'Innocence' painting on canvas 12"x12"
Painting on canvas - untitled - adapted from old 17century wood carving 110cmx210cm
'Blooming' painting-oil on canvas 110cmx210cm
'Looking For Perfection' Print-Red-A4 - A3 - A2 size
'Looking For Perfection' Painting
'Red Cascade' pinting on canvas - 40"x59"
'Exposure' Print-Red A4 - A3 - A2 size
digital print from installation
A2 - A3 - A4
'Hole In One' Painting on canvas -36"x 24"
'Looking For Perfection' Print-Blue-A4 - A3 - A2 size