You are warmly invited to visit Digswell Arts for our Open Studios,
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Invitation to Open Studios, 9-10 May 2015
Dates for your diary: Art Fair East, FPS at Menier Gallery
You are warmly invited to visit Digswell Arts for our Open Studios
11am-5pm, 9-10 May at The Forge, Hertford Road, Digswell,
Welwyn AL6 0BU.
I will be sharing new works in mixed media on gesso and recycled cardboard or wood. Please join us for a weekend of
conversation, art, cake and more!
Save the date:
Art Fair East, 4-7 June, St Andrews Hall,
Free Painters and Sculptors, 22 - 27 June, Menier Gallery
A note on new work:
Following a move to Hertfordshire in September 2014, I have been working on a new series of abstract landscape drawings and paintings
They have been produced in response to a process of walking, running and observing my environment. Created using mixed media on gesso and recycled cardboard or wood, they explore light, movement, land
and sky and reference recollections of other places including experiences of the moors in Cornwall.
Do visit my website to see new works and for more information
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