This month I had the great pleasure of designing an artwork for St. Winefride's Catholic Primary School in Neston, Cheshire. A new cross was needed for the School Chapel and I was asked to make a one using words from a specific Bible passage.
Psalm 96 was chosen with particular emphasis on the words -
'Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. 12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.'
This Psalm has the perfect words for a design as it clearly has lots of visual imagery to use and is also inspiring for the children at the school. With this in mind I decided to use lots of detailed flower motifs which would lead towards the fields in the background. I particularly enjoyed including a few insects as well as my favorite animals such as birds and a hare.
Some of the words also included the St. Winefride's mission statement,
'Learn, Laugh, Listen, Live, Love in the Presence of Jesus.'
Contact me to find out more about creating your own special cross or painting using your own words, poetry or Christian words of inspiration
The Nene Valley stretches from West Northamptonshire all the way through Peterborough and has the Nene river flowing through it. The landscape is surrounded by lush farmland and old villages with hidden footpaths connecting them together. I have always used this landscape as the basis for my artwork showing the wildlife and hills of my home.
My artwork frequently uses a range of mixed media techniques that have also incorporated words. In recent years this has become more important and now collage is a major part of my work which often uses words poetry. The lines of various poems have been woven into my imagery - segments of which can be read.
The wide range of habitats such as wildflower meadows, wetlands, marshes, woodlands and wet grasslands are full of a diverse range of animals and birds. These offer endless inspiration for my artwork on a daily basis as I live right on the edge of a stunning nature reserve near the towns of Higham Ferrers, Irthlingborough and Rushden.