1960-88 Innocent, not so innocent , naïve sixteen went off to oil & turpentine heaven at Kingston school of only slightly risky Art…. to learn to find and know myself ….learning to look and feel and think and express through constant drawing for four glorious years. Another year to teach in briney bed-sit Brighton taught me to make a lovely book , to print images through gauze on cloth, the craftful shellac & wax way. Moving married & hopeful to Dartful Devon, followed terry-towelled , burco nappied years while any painting chance was buried by fourfold child-encrusted years of laps and cuddles. As off to school they went, witha single-parented need to keep my little flock, my trusty sewing machine, shears & yards of cloth and ideas for artful, stripey smocks emerged ….my Schmocks. Creativity took on a new format, kitchen-tabled screen-prints emerged of butterfly, dragonfly & dragon, AK Originals. Proper workshops followed & Schmocks flourished . As children left home I dreamed of painting again.
1988- I moved to friendly Wales, ever closer to the sea. Flowery cards helped me on my painting way, to first shared exhibition at Taliesin in 1992 of rivers , and local legends. Joining the Welsh Watercolour Society my watery work continues, Pembrokeshire-coasted. Welsh Arts Council assisted exhibitions ‘Above & Below’, and ‘The Power of Water & Swell of the Wave’ both toured Wales. Wave-crashed, Surf-bashed, Ring-pooled, On the Rocks , Pool-edged, Rock-crashed, Lagoon-rippled years later, here I am at 70, taking on heron-priested shores and Bible-black nights, Rabbit & Lovers Wood with a long look through my years.
My Cloth Card & Canvas exhibition at the Ceri Richards gallery, Swansea University, was received very well and was full of information & photos from my earlier years. It was my ‘Retrospective at 70’ and covered my whole creative years from my earliest paintings aged 14 & 15, through Art School years, through my screen printing & Schmocks & children years . It included mounted sketches, flower studies and screen-prints plus a selection of paintings from all my exhibitions. It also included those of Dylan Thomas’ work which were painted specially for the exhibition: these included ‘Heron-priested shores’, ‘Starless & Bible-black’ and ‘…through the green fuse’. These works will be shown at an exhibition in Barry in September (see ‘exhibitions’).
NEWS There have been many exhibitions, the latest being Cloth Card & Canvas at Swansea Uni, and before that at MOMA Wales, Machynlleth. I have now put my work in the Goat Street Gallery, St Davids as well as having a few in the Golden Sheaf in Narberth and sometimes at the White Lion Street gallery, Tenby. Other than those galleries, I have a small studio-gallery at home in New Moat, and also exhibit with the Royal Watercolour Society of Wales. I shall be trying to build a new body of work for exhibiting at the Tenby Museum & gallery on 22nd August 2015...this will be a small retrospective show plus new work.