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 here in the world's first Garden City, 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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13 x 13 cm £125 each
I design these small gesso 'tiles' featuring creatures and medieval initials as greetings cards. The originals are popular as gifts and eye-catching art for a small corner of the home. They are currently on sale at The Norton Way Gallery, Hertfordshire. I am happy to adapt a design or create a new one to your specifications.