With the end of restrictions in sight I wanted to do something, that would help lift the spirits and get people back to something looking like normal.
Having experienced the isolation of lockdown, unable to see family and friends made me realise that some of our elderly residents live like this all the time.
The thought that someone could go a full day without human contact is heart breaking. So I am trying with the help of Queens Mill to make a few peoples lives a little less lonely. The only skills I have is painting so using this I am offering free Art classes.
I am really looking forward to meeting new friend.
- May 2021
Wakefield Art Walk
- March 2021
Really enjoyed seeing all the Artist work in this years Wakefield Art Walk.
My work is with two other Artists work on Westgate Wakefield.
My model even went to have a look.
The walk is still available to view until the 2nd May 2021
A selection of my work can still be seen/bought in two galleries. Pomfret Gallery Pontefract, and New World Gallery Wakefield.
This was my Dads first outing in a lot of months after lockdown restrictions were lifted, both my parents and sisters have been waiting to be able to see my Art in a Gallery.
My family have always encouraged my Art and they are a massive support to me.
- April 2021
I’ve had notification that Art in the Pen Skipton will be taking place this year, which is fantastic for any Art lover. It really was a close call with the team who had to raise a lot of money when it was cancelled last year due to COVID but they have managed to stay afloat and they will be welcoming every Artist who should have been attending last year.
If you have never attended its worth a visit , not only for Art of every medium but also sculpture, glass blowing, pottery anything creative that is of an incredible high quality is there.
COVID has had such a massive impact on everyone’s lives, in some capacity. I realised just how lucky I was to have coped through this third lock-down having my husband with me. We have kept each other going giving support and reassurance when we each needed it. The thought of having to go through this or just life after lock-down without someone to share it with must be extremely hard. It was this that brought me to the decision to volunteer my services to the elderly and isolated people who live alone.
Castleford Heritage Trust based at the Queens Mill Castleford have done an incredible job during and before this epidemic hit, this central hub will be where I have offered free Art classes to the elderly and isolated of Castleford, although it hasn’t been finalized yet I would like to offer my services once a month. I know it is a drop I the ocean but hopefully it will bring a little connectivity to a few who will benefit tremendously from it.
- March 2021
Art in the Pen
- March 2021
So I applied to be a part of Wakefield Art Walk this year, and I am pleased to say I was accepted!.
The trail begins in the City Centre and Artist from Wakefield or working in Wakefield have the opportunity to have their work displayed in a shop window around the City. My work will be printed at A0 and displayed for all to see. It starts on the 31st March and ends on the 2nd of May so there is plenty of time to see it if you don’t want to venture out until the restrictions have eased a little. The only thing is I don’t know what will be displayed, as I entered a landscape and a portrait, so you will be as surprised as me as to what’s being hung.
This is a fantastic way to start the year on a creative note, for everyone, having been starved of it for so long
Wakefield Art Walk
- March 2021
- March 2021
Work update - I am still heavily in to Landscapes and I must say I am absolutely loving it. The trouble is because we cannot go anywhere I am restricted to what I can paint, which is photos I have taken while we’ve been on holiday’s or walking. The sea has a huge pull for not just me but my whole family and I have found that my attention has gone to lovely coastal scenes of boats. I cannot wait until I can go out in the flesh again!
Galleries, after lockdown
- March 2021
My 5 minutes of fame is over but it has left me with an interest in painting landscapes, perhaps I am better at landscapes than portraits?
Since been on the show I now have work on display in 2 galleries (albeit virtually), one Pomfret Gallery in Pontefract and one in the Riding shopping Centre in Wakefield. All will be available to view in person on the 16th April when shops can finally re-open.
I’m incredibly proud of my appearance in both and I will be visiting as soon as the doors open.
I have had an increased interest in my work since the show was aired and so I have decided to have some work printed, not as easy as you image when you have to do everything online and by post, but I have just received my first batch and I am very pleased with how they have turned out. These prints along with original works will be the bulk of my work for Art in the Pen in Skipton, (crossing fingers and toes that it still goes ahead)
Landscape Artist of the Year
- February 2021
Well, I finally made an appearance on Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year, did you watch it?
It was an incredible experience that I will always remember. If you are interested in how my day of filming went, I have started a blog on my website which I give a full account of my day, all on my home page, something I am going to try and keep up with because it’s not only good for the reader but good as I can keep to remind me of what happened.
After the airing of the show, I had a lot of interest in me and my work. So, I have given landscape art a go and I must say I am really enjoying it.
Pomfret Gallery Pontefract
- February 2021
I have a few pieces up for sale in Pomfret Gallery in Pontefract, West Yorkshire.
I have done a full circle with the gallery as many years ago while at University I was a Saturday girl for them.
A fantastic family run Gallery, who also have a framing service.
Nice that we have the connection that we do check out their website.
Article in the local press
- January 2021
I made it into the local newspaper this week. Quite a strange feeling to see yourself in print but also a very proud one.
I have some very loyal followers who keep me inspired to paint and encourage me on my Art adventure.
To say 2020 was a year when not a l lot happened, when I look back I actually achieved a lot.
Fair to say that my Art and my family kept me strong through such a difficult year in all our lives.
Landscape Artist of the Year 2021
- January 2021
Remember way back in the summer of last year, when I told everyone that I had some exciting news? I can now tell you
I will be making an appearance on Sky's Landscape Artist of the Year
The episode with my appearance will be aired on Wednesday 10th February at 8pm on Sky Arts and Freeview Channel 11
I cannot reveal my place in the competition just that I appear
The program will be aired on the 13th January. But I'll update you when I know for certain.
I must say I am not looking forward to hearing myself speak, and will probably be watching from behind a cushion
- November 2020
Between the months of October and November, and before lockdown number 2, I decided I needed a bit of inspiration (and fresh air) so my husband and I went to Dalby Forest in North Yorkshire. When our family was a lot younger we would go a few times a year, but we haven’t visited in a while. It was autumn and the trees where looking splendid in all their beautiful autumn colours, I took loads of photographs and when I returned home, I started to paint...
It’s a huge change from portraits, trees are quite tricky and I am very pleased with what I produced. I am hoping that by the beginning of next year I will have enough work to sell them in a local gallery, Pomfret Gallery Pontefract
Unfortunatly my exhibition in York has had to be cancelled due to the pandemic. All very sad, but it will be taking place into October 2021
Art & York
- October 2020
Dark Curiosity, Illustriations
- July 2020
I have just introduced a whole new set of illustrations, created in black ink.
I have always had a fascination with history and especially the Victorian era. During the industrial revolution when everyone seemed to want invent anything, some weird and wonderful things were produced. This along with the more macabre side of Victorian Britain evolved into my Dark Curiosity range. And so I have focused a lot on specimen jars but with everyday Victorian scenes, afternoon tea, a daily stroll, but all with a quirky twist.
Go to my shop and take a look
Art & York
- July 2020
I am counting down to my exhibition day in October, which seems like a long way away but it will be here before we know it!
My body of work is slowly coming together.
Being part of the RAW Talent group has given me 11 new friends that I can share the experience with.
Art & show at York Racecourse which runs from Friday 23rd October – Sunday 25th October, I will keep you up to date with my progress..
- June 2020
I have exciting news, but I am not allowed to share it with you :(
I know I'm sorry too, but all will be reveled later on in the year.
Portrait for NHS Hero's Gerallt Davies
- June 2020
So please meet Gerallt, an NHS hero who was a true hero, he gave his life to the dreaded COVID 19.
I must say I was very emotional while painting him and I actually found myself talking to him. I feel very proud to have painted this amazing man who will be remembered for years to come, by his family and friends and by the people who he worked along side for many years.
Hopefully this will be an happy reminder of a paramedic, a husband a Father and a friend.
Portrait for NHS Heros - May 2020
I am very active on Instagram and I notice a Portrait Artist, Tom Croft was offering free portraits to NHS staff, his way of saying thank you, so I decided to get involved. I was paired with a man called Ed an ambulance driver who had recently lost one of his work colleagues and he was asking for a portrait of him.
I finally contacted Ed and he explained to me that the man I would be painting was an amazing gentleman called Gerallt Davies. He explained that he was the only paramedic in Wales to have died from coronavirus and that they would all love to honour him with a portrait.
I was absolutely blown away; I have kept myself away from harm staying home (as the government advised) and here was a man who had died while at work knowing what a danger, he was putting himself in.
I thought I needed a bit more information on him to get a better idea of his character and so I Googled his name, and my goodness Ed wasn’t lying, he was a true ledged he had an MBE for his services to the NHS. I found out he is the same age as me, he left two sons and a wife, he was obviously a really loved respected man.
I feel really honoured to be painting this amazing gentleman who I am sure if I would have met I would have like to have called him a friend.
Mary Panell - April 2020
So although we are in lock-down and in the middle of a global pandemic, as the song says...The show must go on!
This is a selection of my work I am creating for my Raw York and Art which will (fingers and toes crossed) be happening in October this year.
This work is looking at a local legend in my home town of Castleford. She was a woman who lived in the 16th Century and her name was Mary Panell, she was said to be a witch and she was hung in York, and then her body burnt in Castleford.
All this work is me exploring a way to portray this woman and many like her in a way that isn't condescending or whimsically just trying to communicate how truly horrible it would have been to have been accused of being a witch.
Lock-down portraits - April 2020
Following the success of my give away portrait sketches I wanted to offer the same to other people so while we are still in lockdown I am offering a portrait sketch at a discounted price.
Lock-down Portraits - April 2020
So Covid 19 has hit and a lot of people have been furloughed myself included and I was thinking of ways to cheer everyone up and I thought I know a competition, the winner will have a free portrait sketch on paper. So I ran this through Facebook and I had 11 people who entered with a photograph of themselves, and I thought well why don't I just paint all 11! that way everyone will have something to look forward to.
So each day I painted a quick sketch and posted it too my page and then posted out painting to the person who won.
I think everyone got a little bit of something out of this, myself included.
Covid 19 Coronavirus - March 2020
So Covid 19 has hit and we are in official lock down, everything is on hold! My dreams of a busy 2020 are hanging in the balance. Even my creativity has hit rock bottom as I cant even get any comfort from painting. I hope that this horrible pandemic doesn't last too long but most importantly doesn't take too many lives.
Stay safe everyone.
Art in the Pen Skipton - March 2020
I am pleased to announce that I will be an exhibiter at Art in The Pen Skipton in August this year.
Come and say hello
Sketchbook - February 2020
So, as I have a busy year ahead I wanted a place to keep all my ideas and so I bought a sketch book. I always had them while at College and University and I know how valuable they are, this one is just portraits
(I intend to have a few)
Art& Raw Talent - Febuary 2020
I recently applied to Art & RAW Talent, this Award offers up to 12 newly emerging artists the opportunity to apply for a Subsidized Space at the show in October 2020 along with 6 months mentoring, support and advice.
I am please to say I was successful; the hard work starts now. With the help and guidance from my mentor I will be creating a new body of work for the Art & show at York Racecourse which runs from Friday 23rd October – Sunday 25th October, I will keep you up to date with my progress..
Link goes to my YouTube
Latest portrait commission - January 2020
A recently finished commission for a husband for his wife's 50th Birthday. Painted on aluminium panel and A4 in size, unframed.
For more information click here
Portrait Artist 2021
So its that time of year again when I apply for Portrait Artist of the year. I did make an appearance on the 2018 Landscape Artist of the Year, but just as a wild card.
The one I really want to compete on is the Portrait Artist, so the entry is in and I will be anxiously waiting ....fingers crossed
Landscape Artist 2018
I have been invited to join in on the May Celebrations of the Queens Mill Castleford Heritage Trust, a true honour! Its their 20th year anniversary this year and they will be celebrating in style, inviting local artists and crafts people to demonstarate and pormote thier work.
The Mill will be celebrating the whole of May.
In January I held my first Workshop which was a great success, held over four days. We worked on a portrait in oils learning new techniques in oil paint. Some people had never painted in oil paints before, so it was nice to guide them through the process. Everything seemed to take something positive from the weekend, including me.
Queens Mill are having their 20th year Anniversary and they would like me to be an Artist in residence for a few days during the celebrations in May
January 2020 Workshops
Well I have a feeling it will be a busy year, my first exhibition is up (see below) and I will be hosting my first workshop, more news to follow on that.
This year I wanted to create workshops that offer the ability to have basic skills is sketching and drawing which is the basis of every truly great painting. You may have great rendering, painting techniques but if your portrait or Landscape isn't accurate it will always be a disappointing finished piece.
I have created 4 courses 2 of which are drawing and only 1 day the other 2 are using oil paints which are set over 2 days. Oil paint is the medium I use and I would love to walk you through my process....
Oakwell Hall 2020
A small selection of my work will be up to view and buy from January 11th until, February 1st. I will be hanging a couple of originals this year with a few hand finished framed prints.
It's a lovely place to visit with lots to do, click on the link to go to their website.
One Show Filming
The One Show contacted me about a video I put on Facebook showing the demolition of one of the towers at Ferrybridge Power Station. I mentioned that I grew up around the Power Station and that I recently finished a painting about my childhood around the area.
I will now be featured on the One Show in October when the next lot of demolition takes place along with the piece of Art I created.
Link goes to my YouTube
The piece was aired on 31st October 2019 and I had quite a surreal moment of seeing and hearing myself. It was a really good piece put together very sympathetically. Unfortunately the piece that was related to it wasn't shown but I was seen painting the Cooling Towers. A day to remember and a great experience.
Skipton Art in the Pen Update - Aug 2019
This was one of my first big Art Fairs and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Been the new kid on the block I expected to be well out of my depth but I held my own and sold a few pieces. The public seemed to appreciate my work and I had very good feed back they asked my advice on a number of occasions. Theres no doubt I will be attending the 2020 Fair.
From the 14th January 2019 - 01st February 2019 I will be attending Art in the Barn
Art Fair Skipton
July 9th and 10th 2019
I am proud to announce I will be exhibiting my work at
Art in the Pen in Skipton.