Thursday 29 March 2018


The latest carving by Helena is in walnut, a lovely wood with a pronounced grain.
This piece explores a water/wave theme again using beautiful curves enhanced by the grain.
This piece has been entered for the RBSA Prize exhibition

Sunday 21 January 2018

Sunday 31 December 2017

quick catch up 3 still sculpting

I managing to carve even though time is limited by having to earn a living, having to finally get a proper job with varying success. these two pieces have been  made and sold this year
Say Ahh

 this piece was awarded the peoples choice at the LSA exhibition in the spring before being sold at Open studios
Cat and mice 2

quick catch up 2

on a happier note I gained to lovely dogs to distract me and fill the nest now my kids have gone on to achieve great things

I Shouldn't happen to an artist and other new year resolutions

I haven't blogged for over a year now and it being new years eve one of my more doable resolutions is to blog regularly.
First a quick catch up;
two and a half years after I am just starting to be able to talk about a major event in my and the work I produced at that time.
Self portrait Dec 2015- Jan 16
This collage was an attempt to express my experience of mental health six months after being sectioned.
Using a selection of drawn and printed images and text I was hoping to express the frustration and confusion related to a  bipolar diagnosis. I felt like just another statistic held against my will for a month in St Micheal's Hospital. Drugs were good though I'm still trying to slowly reduce the dose.
I felt they offered nothing more of use.
collage created while in hospital

When incarcerated I need creative things to do and every thing I tried was met with incomprehension and disapproval as it got in the way of the wards routine. I started using collage tearing paper as I was not allowed scissors. It was a constant fight to get the art/recreation room and the cupboard containing basic materials open