Saturday, 28 February 2015


I had seen a few posts come up on Face Book about #artchain but wasn't really sure what it was about. Then I was nominated by a couple of friends. As I am quite distant from my own work and very busy with other work and life at the moment I felt fearful of having to perform and post my stuff when I didn't really feel like it. But I also wanted to do it for my friends and because I thought maybe it would be good for me.

The basic rules for #artchain seem to be you post three pictures a day for five days of your work on Face Book with the hash tag #artchain in the title somehow and nominate someone else each day. Everyone does it their own way and for different reasons but basically its about sharing.

I decided do a mini retrospective of my journey so far as an artist and went right back to my student days and I ended up enjoying myself and I feel like putting the whole #artchain thing on here so it's all in one place.

So here it is

Day 1 #artchain I have been nominate by two artist friends to do #‎artchain‬ Thank you Suzy Sharpe and Tamsen Flack. Sorry I have taken a while getting around to it. I have to post 3 photos of my work for 5 days and nominate a new artist every day. Not sure I can nominate anyone as I don't know many artists and the ones I do know seem to have done it already. Anyway I thought I'd go back a bit and have a look at my degree and post graduate work. So day 1 is from Kinston Polytechnic 1986. My degree show. Big stuff in steel and bronze.

Day 2 #‎artchain‬  a few years on, some things from my post graduate show at the Royal Academy of Arts 1990 - lovely latex!

Day 3 #‎artchain‬ - so my art was smaller and more private for the next 15 years or so. Busy moving to Cornwall, getting married, working full time for Cornwall Wildlife Trust and having a baby. Just writing, dreaming in sketchbooks and occasionally painting small things for my friends.

Day 4 #‎artchain‬. 2006 onward drawing and writing and making digital collages in Photoshop. Eventually 2010 had a studio and could start to make again. I've put a 1990 latex piece along side a 2006 digital collage and finally a 2011 resin piece. Things are different and the same.

Day 5 #‎artchain‬. I was always outdoors naming the plants and the birds as a child but I got lost in London. It wasn't the best place for me. Now having lived in Cornwall and worked for Cornwall Wildlife Trust for more than twenty years I have re-linked with my roots, my curiosity and awe of the natural world and my being an artist. Now it's Me, Cornwall and the sea.

Not sure what happens now because I am still overwhelmed with life and work and still not making or drawing but it's helped me see that it's OK to stop and do other things. I am not a career artist. I just do what I love doing and sometimes that is making art and sometimes that is swimming and walking and enjoying being with my friends and family. When I feel good about things I will share and when I need to keep quiet I will keep quiet.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Cornwall's Invaders under Royal Scrutiny...

Wireweed, one of the non-natives 
on display. Photo by RYA Emily Whiting
Some of the specimens I did and some of my illustrations ended up in a display at the The London Boat Show recently.

Cornwall Wildlife Trust have put out a press release on it today so maybe it will be in the locals and it is a news item on their website... 

Jane Swan discusses the action 
boaters can take to reduce the spread 
of non-native species. 

Photo by RYA Emily Whiting

Wakame by Sarah McCartney, 
a non native seaweed recently found in Cornwall

Resin blocks of non native species incorporated 
into RYA's display. Photo by RYA Emily Whiting

Go to Cornwall Wildlife Trust website to read the article