Reflecting on the latter part of 2017 I feel gratitude for the amount of time I have been able to spend in my studio, my day is not complete until I have ventured into my work space, even if it is only to look and ponder on my current work.
Viewing the art of others is something I do on a regular basis, it energises me and that energy goes into my own work. This year I have been fortunate to be able to get to Paris twice. I stay at the Hotel Signature in Saint Germaine des Pres on the left Bank. Such a super independent boutique hotel near all of the art galleries and museums. www.signature-saintgermain.com/
Nearer my London home, I immersed myself in some of the many fantastic exhibitions showing in our great city. Basquiat at the Barbican, Matisse in the Studio, and JasperJohns at the RA, plus a couple of visits to my favourite escape, Tate Britain. Along the way I have peered through windows and ventured into many galleries always drawing that wonderful energy from everything I see.
I am my biggest critic, therefore taking the occasional workshop fuels my imagination and energises my work. This year I thoroughly enjoyed a weekend at the Royal Academy taking part in a print workshop led by Hen Coleman. I wholeheartedly recommend the RA workshops for anyone wanting to refresh skills or learn a new one.
I am delighted that I have made a break though with my minimal works, and have introduced a new size to compliment those I already have. I am also working on large canvasses and will take commissions.
During November Christiane Ella opened up her lovely Island home to me to use as a location to shoot some current work, some pics can be seen in the Gallery page. Her story is truly inspirational and I am looking forward to joining her on the 19th for two hours of mindfulness at Wellness Creek. www.christianeella.wordpress.com
I am now looking forward to 2018 and what it holds. On the 23rd 24th and 25th February I will be showcasing my minimal work at the Contemporary Art Fair at Sandown Park Esher. It will be the only time I will be showing this work outside of a Gallery. Please come along if you are in the area.