Becoming Kentish

Becoming Kentish

Its been such a busy last few weeks but I can start catching up with my blog now with updates.

After most of my life living in the Burton on Trent/Derby area I have moved to Kent. Its been almost seven years of wanting to do that, and planning it, and now I am finally here and know how right it is at this time in my life to have done so. Its reassuringly right!

I love the house that my husband and I have chosen, I love the area, I love the ever changing views from the windows, and the fact that we live on top of a hill and because of that have far more dramatic weather is a bonus.

I love the studio that I now have, and the lovely airy daylight from the two windows. I have almost got it to the way I want it to look but at least there is some semblance of order in there but that will be fine tuned in time.

Getting the house and garden straight is a priority, and having a three week holiday in France two weeks after we moved in (and had arranged way back in January!) meant that we did as many of the urgent jobs as we could before we went, and can do some of the outdoor ones now that the weather is fine and warm before it gets colder again in the autumn.

So, I am very very very happy to be Kentish.

Being closer to the sea, and such pretty picturesque villages and gardens will be very inspirational. I love what I have seen of Kent in the last seven years of having holidays in this area, in that time I feel like I’ve done an A Level on “Kent” picking up useful local information from friends who live in the area, reading books on the subject, reading up online, and paying full attention to national radio traffic warnings about the trouble spots on the roads in this busy area. Because when there is a problem on a road in Kent, it very quickly gets to the coast in al directions!!

Finding independent galleries should be easier in this area too. I look forward to exploring more in that area of expertise when I get the chance.

I've been an artist all of my life, and my paintings now hang on walls in Europe, USA and Canada. I'm working on getting them on the other continents! My wide range of artwork has been exhibited nearer to home in the East Midlands, with the Guild of Erotic Artists at Beaumont Hall Studios in Hertfordshire, and at "Erotica", Olympia, London. I have also been featured alongside my work in the Guild of Erotic Artists book (volume 2). I love to create dramatic interest in my pictures, whether it’s to paint an unusual landscape, or just to utilise dramatic lighting in my figure drawings or strong colour in my animal portraits. Delighting in the spontaneous tendencies of watercolour adds an interesting and distinctive look to my paintings, some of which are purposefully ambiguous, enabling the viewer to use their own interpretation of my artwork. I also love to hide images, and humour within my paintings, whether it’s a secret message, or an erotic couple hidden within a landscape, or even an erotic landscape where the couple are camouflaged as the features of the land itself. I am equally happy painting in oils, acrylics or watercolours and love to draw with pencil or ink. I have also developed the very effective method of drawing using white pencil on black card which creates dramatic pictures by just picking out where the light catches the body and leaving the rest of the image to the imagination, in darkness. I can also utilise many different styles, whether it is realistic, abstract, surrealistic, erotic, fantasy or camouflage art where something is hidden within the painting. I'm just passionate about my art, whatever I paint! But, it doesn't matter how many landscapes or pet portraits I paint, its always the erotic stuff that people are interested in! I started blogging to share some of the strange conversations I have with the people I meet. But its evolved into far more than that now.