With the help of a very good friend I have started cataloguing all the work that I have in storage. Most of the paintings that I still have in my possession are now neatly labelled, wrapped safely and filed in simple categories. I am able to place my hands on any painting I need, knowing exactly where it is along with its title, price and measurements. It has been hard work – and it’s meant that I have seen old work that I haven’t really looked at for years.

Looking at these older paintings and drawings has reminded me of ideas, paths started and left for another day. It feels like an exciting opportunity to revisit and reconnect, to explore old ideas.

Beeches III (near the airfield)

oil on canvas
75 x 60cms

£2300

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The funny thing is - we have a couple of old paintings leaning on the kitchen windowsill. I think they have been here for years. Probably, I look at them every day. But maybe only recently have I seen them again.
I remember more or less when I painted them, in 1976 and we’d just moved to Dorset. Opposite our Old Schoolhouse was a farm and a church. The first picture is of the farmyard with the shadowy shape of Duncliffe in the background. The second is of Stour Provost churchyard, in late summer or autumn. Thinking about it now, I remember I often complained that I couldn’t paint as well as John, my first husband (He actually taught me so much more about painting than I learnt at art school.). He said I shouldn’t feel like that, facility could be a trap. Skill and ease with paint can mean that our senses aren’t as sharp. How can one learn when you think you already know the answer?

facility, something I've been thinking about a lot recently

Recently I repaired one of my paintings for my son who thought I'd 'been a bit slapdash and left a bit unfinished!'.  Doing this made me think about facility. I was titivating a corner of a painting I did several years ago, when I painted with great energy excitement and inspiration, yet here I was applying paint and finding it very nice and therapeutic. Life has been challenging recently and my energy was different. I wasn’t being directed by creative enthusiasm and feeling, this was quiet and reflective. I was using the skill I have acquired over years of painting. I have facility!
They provoke a lot of memories because of the way they are sort of stuck to a piece of chipboard. John did it and he's done it in his particular way. John could apply paint so beautifully, flatly, and he taught me about all sorts of things like how to set out a palette and the whole thing about having a white palette because if you were going to mix a colour, you'd mix it on the same colour as the canvas.

Bosomy Trees

oil on canvas
60 x 90cms

£1875

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I have decided to make these 2 little paintings available as reproductions. They remind me of a time when I painted with the freedom and joy, and without the trappings of facility. In this reflection, I have found that drawing and looking, put me in touch with the part of myself that nourishes the rest. As the season turns and the leaves fall, nourishment is a requirement.

Stour Provost Churchyard

Reproduction on 310gsm etching paper
42 x 30cm – £49.00

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Church Farm East Stour

Reproduction on 310gsm etching paper
42 x 30cm – £49.00

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spending time looking back, it's important...

I think the truth is, I'm actually quite proud of myself. I think I've kept the faith. This has been something that's been in my life, all my life and I feel honourable about it

Autumn reflections at Stourhead I

oil on linen
70 x 100 cms

£2750

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i’m painting my friends, my trees, the trees that I know, showing me another aspect of themselves.

The Little Gate

oil on canvas
97 x 80cm

£2850

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Single Oak

oil on canvas
60 x 90cm

£1950

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the autumn paintings are celebrations of nature

SONG FOR AUTUMN

Don’t you imagine the leaves dream now
how comfortable it will be to touch
the earth instead of the
nothingness of the air and the endless
freshets of wind? And don’t you think
the trees, especially those with
mossy hollows, are beginning to look for

the fires that will come—six, a dozen—to sleep
inside their bodies? And don’t you hear
the goldenrod whispering goodbye,
the everlasting being crowned with the first
tuffets of snow? The pond
stiffens and the white field over which
the fox runs so quickly brings out
its long blue shadows. The wind wags
its many tails. And in the evening
the piled firewood shifts a little,
longing to be on its way.

Mary Oliver

Pond and Crab Apple, Early Autumn

oil on canvas
60 x 60

£1250

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HIlls through trees

oil on canvas
80 x 80cm

£1875

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painting these trees allows a relationship with something else that’s living on this planet

Trees Reflected, Pond at Manor farm

oil on canvas
80 x 100cm

£2975

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