I am inspired by history, my childhood, culture, my children and the world I see - the ground in front of me!
Birds, boats and the bush are a mainstay for my drawing practice. I tend to capture landscape scenes and detailed botanical line drawings as a regular practice.
With a rich heritage of Yorkshire ancestors, I was surrounded by creative master potters and wares within our family’s chinaware business. Our home was a still life setting, complete with Dutch oil paintings at every turn and chinaware on every surface.
I was surrounded by retro textiles and fabrics of my Dutch cousins in our first home in New Zealand. I am drawn to the calming lines of vintage furniture and architecture. Danish glassware and homewares bring me joy for their simplistic lines and earthy palette.
My work is a collection of these family experiences and memories. Inter-woven between history and the present, my heritage and present life, my work has been painted with elements of joy, sadness and pensive thought. Returning recently to New Zealand to be with family brought back many memories, but also created new ones.
Any emotion or reaction that makes the viewer laugh, feel good or pause to think would be an honour.