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WORKSHOPS
I will be preparing for a number of exhibitions this year, and have been invited to run classes with various art groups so I will not be running workshops in my studio in 2013. If you would like to find out more about my work or be put on my mailing list for future workshops please contact me.

The process that leads me to a finished painting often involves a series of discoveries. Although I decide upon the subject of the painting before I begin, I rarely know what the final result will be, as I use a variety of media to create the finished piece.

I begin by texturing the support on which I am going to paint, whether I am using paper, board or canvas, by layering with various papers. Once dry, I apply a coat of gesso and put the work aside. I sometimes create a number of these in advance and use each one as I need. The random textures that I create in this way often leads to the first discovery and can suggest a new way of interpreting the subject I had in mind.

I will then start the process of applying colour and shape to the painting. Sometimes I am led by the mood of the piece and will start with a series of blues and ochres. At other times, warm reds and oranges seem to need to dominate and the entire painting can evolve around this mood.

I never draw the outline of the painting beforehand, composing the picture as I work, which also adds to a feeling of discovery. Shapes appear as I apply planes of colour, and I will exploit these if they seem exciting, layering one colour over another and scraping back to the layers beneath. By experimenting with layers, shapes and colour I am often surprised by the effects that are achieved, keeping the process of painting constantly stimulating.

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