I love art! In all its shapes and forms, and more than that, I love to create art. I can’t think of a time in my life when I haven’t been creating something or other, even when it was just as a hobby. It is something that makes me happy, deep down, and I hope that comes through in the art I produce.
As a generally happy artist, that feeling is what I try to convey in my creations. Nothing more, nothing less, my hope is that people like what they see and touch, and that makes them happy too.
These days I try and restrict myself to two main artistic mediums and am an internationally award-winning Polymer Clay artist who also paint in oils. I have exhibited internationally and am lucky enough to have both my polymer clay art, and my paintings held in private collections in several countries.
In Polymer Clay, I specialise in Cane Work, the technique where a complex pattern of shapes and colours is created within the clay itself. Sometimes I create Kaleidoscope patterns, sometimes images. This technique takes great skill and a lot of time to perfect, and I use it in my jewellery, sculptures and polymer pictures.
In my colourful oil paintings, I cover a wide variety of subject matter, from landscapes (imagined and real) to flowers, still life, seascapes and animals. Most of my inspiration comes from nature and the world around me, with a particular passion for nature’s wonderful patterns.
I am a committee member of both the British Polymer Clay Guild, and the International Polymer Clay Association, and I also co-run a local Polymer Clay group, in the village of Hanslope.
In late 2017 I began creating free videos on line to pass on some of my polymer techniques, and now have my own YouTube channel ‘PolyOriginals’. I love to share Polymer with others and am a regular demonstrator for the British Guild at the NEC for some of the big craft shows held there.
While I have taught both oil painting and Polymer Clay workshops in the past, I am now concentrating on reaching a wider audience through the internet and social media. However, the personal experience of meeting people at venues like the Art Trail is for me, a real pleasure, and there is nothing I like more than sharing some tips and techniques during the Art Trail.
I hope you enjoy my artwork and would love to meet you as you follow the Art Trail.