I thought I would share this cheerful picture I made of a red squirrel in the blossom of a tree. I remember seeing one of these in Northampton when I was a boy. I was walking in Delapre Abbey with my Grandma in the 1970's when it scampered across a fence.
I have been making lots of new pictures using poetry collage techniques this year and will soon have enough for next years calendar. I hope you like this picture.
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.