As my camera is always with me, taking photographs is part of every day life and some images simply make great cards etc that I can sell on RedBubble.
In the main, I make original, contemporary non-precious jewellery, which has been sold and collected around the world for over twenty five years. I also share my ideas and techniques quite freely on YouTube and my Facebook Page.
Being fond of my own company, I like to “follow my nose” so although I don’t always travel alone I will try to spend some of the time on my own.
I like to explore and discover new places and to return to the old places that I already know and love – the South West of England and around my favourite haunts along the rivers Fal, Helford, Dart and Exe, where I live and where I have my studio. But also Paris, Venice, Capri, Italy and Côte d’Azur.
I go to somewhere that I find fascinating and book into a small hotel or stay with the increasing number of friends that I have met over the years and set off to explore.
I paint ‘en plein aire’ whenever I can and also collect a lot of my inspiration in sketchbooks that end up overflowing with ideas and images to work on at home. I meet some of the most lovely people have great conversations, find little out of the way places to eat or picnic and connect with that sense of excitement that comes with discovery.
Venice for example – midnight on the water-bus, ripples on the lagoon, passing the islands and seeing one of the most beautiful places on earth come slowly into view by moonlight. Then getting up before dawn and walking through a maze of narrow alleyways and over numerous bridges down to the Rialto as the Fish Market sets up for the morning trade. Hustle and bustle, sounds and smells.
Everywhere I go I am half looking for images, impressions, where the light is caught and reflected, especially where the discarded object and the fleeting moment is made magical by sunlight and shadows!
I write – stories, poems, songs, essays and I love to research – so many things – from ancient cultures to nanotechnology – a never ending chain of inspiration!