Open Studios 2016

Open Studios Cornwall 2016 will run from Sat 28th May – Sun 5th June.

This is the twelfth year of Open Studios Cornwall and the biggest yet – with 259 artists, craftsmen and designers opening the doors of their studios to the public for nine days.

I will be showing a series of small new paintings; opening my new studio at Trewidden for the first time. Full details below, or you can find me on the Open Studios website

Studio 12, Trewidden Garden Studios

Buryas Bridge, Penzance TR20 8TT



Seven – an exhibition of work by MA Fine Art students at Falmouth

Seven poster design final2

We have a show coming up at CMR Gallery, Redruth – seven of us are exhibiting our ‘interim’ work mid-way through the course, and everyone is welcome to the opening night on Friday 19th April (7-9pm) or during the weekend (Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April, 10am-4pm).

Artists taking part are: Sophie Anderson, Karl Arbuthnot, Claire Burchell, James Kinder, Laura Menzies, Katri Paakkari and myself. The work includes painting, video, installation, sculpture and performance. More information on the artists and their work will be posted on the new blog for the MA Fine Art Contemporary Practice course

I will be showing a video installation that explores contemporary  images from Godolphin House and estate – one of the oldest in the county, with a previously powerful role in mining, politics and the monarchy.




Studio time…

Just started some small paintings on board and small-to-medium sized canvases: aiming to have them ready for Krowji’s Open Studios in Redruth (30th Nov – 2nd Dec) and the ‘Launch Collective’ show at The Crypt Gallery, St Ives (1st-7th Dec).

I’m also taking a lot of photos and starting to make some short films that I want to show with some of the paintings, testing out a more inter-disciplinary way of working.

All the work is about place: the everyday, the driven-past-at-speed, the exceptional, the beautiful, the ugly and the forgotten places that I encounter.

New work in progress…

Here are some photos from the studio from July-September 2012: a series of small paintings on board is developing, based on photos and mixed media drawings I made early this Summer. I’ve been enjoying a return to using oil paint, although I’m also still working on paper with Indian ink, acrylic and enamel spray paint.

I am also starting to explore the lens-based media facilities at University College Falmouth, as I’ve started the MA Fine Art there. I hope to have developed some multi-disciplinary work in time for the MA interim show in January 2013.

For now, the focus is on finishing the small paintings and some related works on paper in time for Krowji’s Christmas Open Studios, which are Friday 30 November until Sunday 2 December.

Recent paintings from the New Visions show at CMR Gallery

Images of my paintings included in the ‘New Visions: contemporary painting in uncertain worlds’ group show at CMR Gallery, Redruth. Curated by Duncan Hopkins and featuring 13 emerging and established painters, from Cornwall and beyond.

Black Creek Pour 2012

Oil on aluminium

62.5cm x 62.5cm

Mobile Home 2012

Oil and graphite on aluminium

62.5 x 62.5cm

Screen Wash 2012

Oil, enamel and acrylic on aluminium

62.5 x 62.5cm

‘New Visions’ installation view

‘New Visions’ installation view

CMR, 2012

Oil on aluminium

62.5 x 62.5cm

New Visions installation view

Naples Yellow Dot, 2012

Oil on canvas

New Visions installation view

Blue Hawthorn 2012

Oil on canvas



For more information and images of the other artists’ work and related events, go to—contemporary-painting-in-uncertain-worlds.html

Embark workshops at Higher Trevaster Farm

As part of the ‘Embark’ exhibition programme onboard the King Harry Ferry on the River Fal, FOTONOW’s Embark curators Charlotte Williams and Anna Cattermole have arranged workshops by local artists for primary school children. I was lucky enough to be asked to run a couple of these and the first one was yesterday: amazingly we had sunshine after days of rain, which made it a really pleasant experience to be working outdoors! The children were Year 5 and focused extremely well on a range of tasks including classification of leaves, drawing and painting. We made ‘Mega-Drawings’ and ‘Mega-Paintings’ by placing found natural objects on an OHP and enlarging them onto the wall – this was great for creating collaborative work, as several children could work on one drawing easily. The farm was the perfect location for a day out of the classroom for these kids – rolling countryside, friendly cows and woods, surrounded by the curves of the river.

From Falmouth to Penzance

A lot of driving about tonight as I went to Falmouth to see my work in the ‘Bombshell’ women’s vintage film and contemporary art festival at The Poly (the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic, to give it it’s grander title), then over to Penzance for the opening night at Cornwall Contemporary art gallery of the mixed-media collaborative TAap.

Work for next week’s Women’s Film and Art Festival at The Poly, Falmouth

I’ve had four works framed for next week’s women’s vintage film and contemporary art festival Bombshell at The Poly, Falmouth. Women’s Film & Art show at The Poly March 2012

Find out more about the festival programme here: