UPDATE: "Here be Dragons" has been selected for the Society of Graphic Fine Arts 101st Open Exhibition in London. The preview is on 17 May, which coincides with one of my open days. Fortunately, my husband is able to man the studio in that day, allowing me to gad off to London and you to visit a studio sans artist if you so wish.
My current work focuses on trees: mainly native species, as found in the hedgerows, parkland and woodland of the local area. I'm interested in the interaction of trees with their environment and mankind, and the evidence of these interactions recorded in the manner of their growth. I'm also interested in our reaction to tree shapes, including paredolia, the perception of illusional faces and figures. This work is done in pen and ink, a medium that allows me to emphasise intricate shapes. I have been working on paper and on kaolin-coated board, a surface that allows for increased depth of detail. Most of this work is starkly monochrome, with some pieces including selective areas worked in colour. Pen and ink also holds narrative associations due to the repurposing of writing instruments, and I feel that this reflects the importance of stories in this work.