What is your practice?
Sculpture and printmaking
What is your training and back ground?
How long have you been participating in Open Studios?
Since the very beginning
What has your experience of SEOS been?
For several years I was on the SEOS committee as joint-guide editor, and have also been an ACO for a number of years too. I very much like the whole SEOS ideal, it is excellent for participants and visitors alike
What are your expectations for participating in this year’s event? How do you set about achieving these for yourself?
I show each year with Liz Stace, who is a potter. The studio is a garden shed, and we have a lot of work out in the garden – which is a tiny courtyard – so as always we are hoping the weather will be kind to us! As ever we hope to attract as many visitors as possible by way of personal invitations both posted and e-mailed, distributing trail guides, word of mouth, any way we can think of to get the message out there
What advice would you give a new SEOS member thinking of what they can do to maximize their participation?
Make the most of all of your visitors. Make them welcome, take the time to talk to them and tell them about your work. That way they are more likely to feel involved and interested, and to pass the word on, and to come back to visit you again.
What attracted you to becoming a member?
An excellent way to become less isolated as an artist and to be involved in the local art scene
What do you want to achieve in your work?
To make work that is fun and happy and captures a small moment in time
What are the best bits of getting involved in SEOS?
The visitors, friends and strangers alike, their kind comments – and the Pimms!
What are you currently working on, what will we see this June?
As well as people skipping over bridges, climbing ladders gardening and walking their dogs I have two lots of new work. Some ‘pin-striped’ pieces, people late for work, waiting for trains, and a businessman on holiday under an umbrella on the beach with his laptop and bucket and spade. Also some small framed pieces combining sculptures and a felt background. This included one made for a recent EVA exhibition of a girl hanging out her washing, her linen being part of the felted background. Unfortunately I have very little space to work or store things, but I have been working on a row of shops for a while, and so far have a Bistro, a Flower Shop and Corner Shop. I would like to make a whole High Street!
What inspires you?
Watching life go by. Often just a gesture sparks off an idea for a sculpture
How do you keep yourself fresh and your skills updated?
My sculpture develops all the time quite naturally. I would give up if the actual making didn’t always inspire me.
Favourite historical artist?
So many. Is Lucian Freud historical? Went to his recent exhibition and found it quite wonderful.
Favourite living artist? Least favourite?
Favourite probably Ken Howard. And Anthony Gormley sculptures wonderful. Least favourite – Andy Warhole.
Do you work best on your own or in collaboration?
On my own
When and where can we see more of your work?
Currently redesigning my website. Have work in the EVA Gallery and usually have work at Ashdown Gallery and have shown at the Battle Contemporary the last couple of years.