Friday, 26 November 2021



This is the last time you will get to see me and my work this side of Christmas, or even the other side at the moment! 
Pop in and say hello, I am looking forward to this one as I love Christmas. 
There will be plenty of Christmas cards to choose from, as well as the usual original artwork and prints from 7 artists. 

Charity Christmas card image

I was so pleased when I was asked to participate in this venture.  6 artists were asked to create an image for the charity Christmas cards to raise funds for Shaftesbury Art Centre. 
I must admit it took me a few days to decide what to paint, but I settled on the snow scene which is called "Blackmore Vale View"
I will be selling my own printed cards of the image, and hoping there will be some prints available too at the next art fair on 3rd December.



At the moment I am just calling this painting "Cedar tree" until I can find a better title, again measuring 12" x 12" and part of my LOOKING UP series it is only a small one.  I am really pleased with the way it has turned out,  trying to get that perspective to look correct and feel right on the eyes is always a challenge. 

The 3 looking up paintings will be at the next art fair on Friday 3rd December,                                          Shaftesbury town hall  - 10 a.m. till 4p.m.  

Friday, 29 October 2021

Copper beech

Here is number 2 from my series of paintings I call "Looking up" At the moment I have called it copper beech till I think of something more exciting.  

They measure 30cm x 30cm which I find very difficult as I do prefer the larger scale work, it's  much more fun.  I do think there will be a big one in time! 

I had an interesting trip to Westonbirt Arboretum at the weekend, so I now have a wealth of images to use for inspiration so watch this space.  

Saturday, 18 September 2021

Lytes carey manor

 Just been out for an afternoon of inspiration at Lytes Carey Manor, Somerton. 

I would like to say thank you to the nice man, ( and his patient wife) who managed to break off these lovely Teasels for me while my friend was blackberry picking! 

They are a bit spikey and we had nothing to cut them with. 

I will definitely be using these in new artwork. I really love them. 

Saturday, 4 September 2021


 I have just completed this painting after having a bit of a break from artwork,  No more exhibitions planned at the moment so time to reflect.

I have started a new project which I am calling "L00KING UP"  This is the first one, measuring  30cm x 30cm, called Summer Leaves.                                                                                        After the weather we have had just lately I thought it was a clever title, as in the summer time is leaving us, or as in Leaf on the tree. Anyway you can make your own mind up on that one! 

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Kingston Lacy inspiration

I have had a few days off from painting since the busy art exhibition and the art market. It has been so hot and I need to take a break now and rest, just looking after my Fybromyalgia.     

So this week I took a trip to Kingston Lacy in Dorset for some inspiration. It is not far away for me but I never I seem to get there!  I just love painting cottage garden flowers as they are so cheerful and I think these will work out so well. I can't wait to get started on these Hollyhocks. 


Kingston lacy is a national trust property, where you can see inside the house, and large gardens, and spend a whole day there just wandering. I will definitely be going again in the Autumn when the Acers, and all the other trees change colour. 

Thursday, 15 July 2021

Online promo


Gradually photographing and adding my prints to the new Etsy shop, which will hopefully make them more accessible for you to buy. It is a bit time consuming so am doing it in between working on new artwork. 

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Stock update.

 Just to let you know, I will be adding more of my paintings on this blog page for sale, once I get over our latest exhibition which finishes later today. 

It is always best to contact me via email for prices on original artwork as I often lower prices to clear older work. 

The Etsy shop will be re- stocked and updated in the next few days with lots more of my prints too, as this part is all still a bit new to me, so lots to do!  My shop is -  Coalhousestudio


Monday, 12 July 2021

Our exhibition

Just a few images of our exhibition SPLATS SHARDS AND SPLINTERS - creative chameleons.  (shaftesbury art centre, 7th - 13th July.)  It has been quite successful with lots of really encouraging comments and sales.

Everyone is loving my artwork which makes it all worthwhile, and I am still getting used to all the interest. I am so grateful to everyone who has been to see us.  

I must admit I will be glad to get back to painting and also enjoy catching up with friends and family again. 

Wednesday, 7 July 2021

stourhead studies

 I have been pretty busy this past few days, as I am having a stall at Shaftesbury art market on Friday 9th July in the town hall.  I am splitting my work in half at the moment!! so some for there  while the big stuff is on the wall at shaftesbury art centre! I remembered these paintings which were created a couple of years ago as demo pieces for reflection techniques 

I tidied them up a bit, and varnished them and now they are looking pretty good, so they will be on the stall along with some of my usual floral works. come and say hello, I may not have a voice left by then, but I must admit I really do enjoy talking about art to all the visitors who come in, you learn so much, and meet so many interesting people. - hopefully see you there.