blackbirds & blackboards

Firstly, blackbirds. Last year I wrote a blogpost about my relationship with a female blackbird that grew over summer 2021. By the end of the year I rarely saw her, but a young male with a slash of white on the edge of his left wing began to visit the garden looking for food. LastContinue reading “blackbirds & blackboards”

Newsletter February 28th 2022

I hope this finds you well and life is returning to a semblance of ‘normal’ since my last newsletter over a year ago. Lots has gone on over that time both outside and in my studio. Here’s a general update split into Flow, studio practice & exhibitions coming up VERY soon. My studio practice: IContinue reading “Newsletter February 28th 2022”

The impact of climate change on marginal plants on the banks of the River Severn

The warming climate is strongly linked to changes in ecology and ecosystems. Different flora and fauna may have different ways to adapt to climate change, and those that are unable to adapt may become extinct or migrate to different areas. Increased freshwater runoff in recent years from melting ice and increasing rainfall alters the salinityContinue reading “The impact of climate change on marginal plants on the banks of the River Severn”

Banking on things – gambling with the Earth

Last night I attended an online talk by Gabriella Hirst, hosted by Rebecca Farkas. It was very interesting and thought provoking.  I learned that in Australia they use the term ‘banker’ when a river overflows its sides/banks. That made me think of other similar terms, such as banking on something happening; banking as in trade.Continue reading “Banking on things – gambling with the Earth”

Severn Flooding 2030 landscape shifts from rising sea levels

I have just put 4 reduction linocut prints up for sale on Instagram, from an edition of 6 under #artistsupportpledge. I had a work selected for the Hastings Contemporary #asp show. My research into the future flooding of the Severn, close to where I live, has resulted in me using a wide range of materialsContinue reading “Severn Flooding 2030 landscape shifts from rising sea levels”

Successful ACE bid to fund two new artist opportunities – coming up soon!

I’m delighted to say that Forest Economic Partnership (FEP) have succeeded in securing an Arts Council Project Grant towards a public engagement project, which sets out to inform local communities about the potential benefit of becoming an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. READ FULL PRESS RELEASE I shall be working with the team as the producer/curator, toContinue reading “Successful ACE bid to fund two new artist opportunities – coming up soon!”

Attention series No.4 Covid 19, the rural idyll & climate change

THEN: WRITTEN IN ON 30TH MAY Before reading further, take a look at this video clip. Is that your rural idyll? In the light of the shutdowns occurring across the world, we are undoubtedly struggling to do everyday things that we take for granted. Travel, work, leisure, exercise, culture – all disrupted. How are youContinue reading “Attention series No.4 Covid 19, the rural idyll & climate change”

a myriad of opportunities for artists!

Just writing the title for this post warms my cockles! It’s been a while since I have been able to share opportunities – two very different ones – both a pleasure to be involved with. And what makes them special is they are both in the Forest of Dean! Destination Lydney Harbour – a publicContinue reading “a myriad of opportunities for artists!”

Attention series No. 3: walking with wandering body & mind

Another blogpost sitting comfortably in my practice blog, rather than here. Some of the attention series fit one site or the other, some both. This one is about the experience of heading off to the riverbank and observing how my attention shifts from body to mind constantly, depending on purpose and context. enjoy!    Continue reading “Attention series No. 3: walking with wandering body & mind”