When I was seven we moved from Beckenham, Kent (which is now Greater London) to Downe, Kent the home of Charles Darwin. Back then it was known as the first genuine village outside of London and I was in heaven!! The village itself was the stuff of “Darling Buds of May”. I adored the countryside and roamed free along with my dog.
I was also very privileged that my parents had a holiday home on the coast in Salcombe, Devon. There, I also roamed free in a boat called “Cecily” and it was where my love affair with the sea started.
As an adult I lived in the country till seven years ago, when we moved to a former fishing village on the Kent coast. I adore the sea but have to admit to having missed being in the middle of the countryside. I count myself incredibly lucky therefore, to be able to stay in my brother’s beautiful rural period cottage. He has recently bought it and I can go there whenever I like, while he is out of the country (about 7 months of the year). It is just under 3 miles away and I am loving it. Now I have the best of both worlds – coast and country!!
The paintings below are inspired by the surrounding landscape near my brother’s cottage.
“Spring Fields” Oil on board
“Spring Lane” Oil on canvas
Spring is my favorite season, complete with lambs, buds, blossom and all its promise of what’s to come. I absolutely adore the delicious ethereal light and gentle mists! The painting below is inspired by walks and drives in the countryside in the first few days of Spring. It is oil on board and measures 24 x 29.5 ins and is titled “First Days of Spring”.
I painted this from memories and feelings, after walking through the National Trust wood, in our village. Its small, but beautiful at every time of year and particularly of course when its covered in bluebells. I was worried this could turn into a kitsch painting because of the subject matter, it took ages to do and consumed a lot of paint!!
Oil on Canvas 24″ x 30″
Despite a colder May than I can remember, the light has been fantastic. This image is from my memories of my May walks, it is oil on board and very textured.
Spring Coast is the title of my latest abstract work, it is oil on canvas. I painted this after a walk, on one of the first days of Spring, when at long last you could actually feel the warmth of the sun on your face. Although sunny, it was misty as well, which only added to the atmosphere!
I love Spring, with all its promise of whats to come! I often go for early morning walks or a drive to see the beautiful dawn light. This painting is from my memories, evoked by such mornings.
Misty Spring Dawn
Oil on Canvas 16″ x 20″