HERE COMES

THE SUN

A new collection of still-life and abstract floral paintings inspired by recent travels.

HICKS GALLERY, WIMBLEDON, LONDON

Spring / Summer 2020

PEARL

The first of the new 'small' series began with Pearl. Titled after the softest and palest pearl colours which provide calm in amongst the louder corals ... it reminds me of Alice from Hicks Gallery and her pearly blonde hair. 

This painting is now sold.

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JAZZ

Something about the colours and shapes makes me think Jazz - it shouldn't work but it does. Someone once said that to me about my dress sense and I've never forgotten it. 

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TRAVELS

This painting makes me think of old leather suitcases with stripy linings and silk scarves with prints of European landmarks on - the vintage sort a woman might wear to keep the hair from her eyes as she zoomed along in her open top sports car on a weekend escape to Cannes.  Feminism dreams.  

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WINDOW BOX

This one is inspired by beautiful window boxes packed to the brim with ranunculus and pelargoniums. My aunt's garden in Carrara is like this; wonderful flowers growing in interesting ceramics and seen with strong like and the equivalent dark areas of shadow in between. 

CALYPSO

I love to listen to female singer songwriters when I paint and Suzanne Vega is one of my favourites. Her song Calypso was playing when this one came to life and it seems to fit perfectly. It's an achingly beautiful love story   - about the sea and a man and loss -  that I love as much now as when I was 16.
This painting is now sold.

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LOOKING UP

This is the optimism of the approaching spring but from a slightly lower physical viewpoint.

It was painted at a time when I could see very positive changes occurring in my life.  Recent events have curtailed plans somewhat but we have had the most glorious spring that I can recall. 

SOL

Something in this painting is channeling a recent weekend break to trip to Seville.  The colours remind me of the buildings and the tiles in a café where I enjoyed a very good coffee.

ESTHER

Simply,  this is the optimism of the approaching spring but from a slightly lower physical viewpoint. Metaphorically, it was painted at a time when I could see very positive changes occurring in my life.  Despite recent events we have had time to fully enjoy the most glorious spring that I can recall. 

FAVOURITES

I love an orange ranunculus and have painted them many many times. I always return to their amazing shapes, fun  personality and vibrant colour.  These are in one of my most favourite mugs, hence the title.

VICTORIA

Simply,  this is the optimism of the approaching spring but from a slightly lower physical viewpoint. Metaphorically, it was painted at a time when I could see very positive changes occurring in my life.  Despite recent events we have had time to fully enjoy the most glorious spring that I can recall. 

More snippets coming soon  .... 

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