Panel painting: egg tempera on gesso
In these whimsical pieces I have fun mixing up inspiration from medieval manuscripts with contemporary naturalism. They are snapshots of the view from my workroom window, celebrating the wildlife of the humble suburban garden: birds, rodents, critters and the infinite variety of domestic cats. I enlarge and adapt the techniques of medieval manuscript illumination to work on a bolder scale using my own gesso panels, a more robust support than vellum. I use historical pigments such as lapis lazuli and vermillion, real gold leaf, and raised or tooled gilding.
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The Sheltering Oak
A celebration of the great English Oak and the birds and creatures it houses
Two on a branch: start of a new series
'Moggy': a series celebrating the great domestic tabby cat
Bird paintings currently at Norton Way Gallery, Herts.
21 x 21 cm, framed, £325 each