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  Figurative paintings

Why birds?

At the age of 12 I produced my very first bird painting school, was a puffin on a sitting on a cliff. I was amazed by the
colours and beauty of this bird, little did a know then how important puffins were to become to me. I also remember
sketching the sparrows in the garden, my first attempt at drawing from life.
Through both the photographs drawings, pastels, paintings (oil & gouache) I try to explore the rich deep beauty and
diversity of the colours in all the varied species I encounter.
I have always been drawn to animals, we still keep dogs and guinea pigs, but there is just something magical about being
out in a bird hide, waiting for different species of birds to put in an appearance or to be taken aback when the unexpected
happens and they show up out the blue when you least expect them.
I have been a keen bird watcher and photographer for a number of years. Myself and my husband have been going to the
Farne Islands every year since 2008, to see what has to be one of my favourite birds, the amazing Puffins. We are also
regular visitors to Exeter especially for the RSPB Avocet cruises and for the variety of wading birds. Abroad we really enjoy
bird watching in Portugal and Spain, where the variety of birds combined with clear crisp light is a photographers and
artists dream.
  Colourism and Musically Inspired Paintings

As an eclectic mix of music can change our moods or can appear empathetic to the way we feel. So to can colour, in all its
visual diversity, from great works of art to the colour's we choose to decorate our homes with.

The psychology of colour can determine our shopping habits, influence our sense of taste, and alter the perception of space
and time. Colour in its purist form can increase or decrease our heart rate, it can make us fell calm, aggressive, depressed,
or happy. The transposition of music into colour enhances the bound between the visual and the auditory senses. The
finished painting creates a new visual experience of colour, conveying its own presence and meaning, its beauty, passion
and rhythm. To begin creating these pieces of work I use piano sheet music, each note is given a colour value and each
note value is determined by the number of squares used to recreate it. Both clef's are depicted treble being the top colours,
bass the bottom. Key signatures are also added where the note is sharpened white is added where it is a flat black is added
to the base colour. The codas are represented by black lines and the reparations of a series of bars by grey lines. The
musical directions are given as background colour's for example forte (f)is denoted by red hues, piano (p) by blue hues
and allegro by green. The paintings that contain visual metaphors are my colour interpretation of a particular piece, which
may evoke a mood similar to the one being represented by the piece.

Systemic colourism is a direct non representational expression of pure colour. Developed using trichromatic colour systems,
and mathematical divisions of a given size.

The work has been influenced by such artists as Joseph Albers, teacher at the Bauhaus school in Germany from 1925 ,
Charles Biederman also author of "Art as the evolution of visual knowledge" and Mary Martin.