This year I have been making a series of painting based on animals and creatures of British Isles. When thinking about which animals to paint, I thought of the ones which I have seen.
Although I haven't seen a great crested Newt, I did see some newts at Kingsthorpe in Northampton a number of years ago. My Dad was cleaning out a giant pond at the back of a primary school and I went over to give him a hand one day. The pond unusually had giant marble boulders around the edges and tucked away among the crevices and foliage were newts! It was one of the many great memories of both nature a spending time with him I have. Wildlife just brings special and magical memories to the every day experience. Times to be treasured.
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.