Sustainability is very important to me in the way I live and work. My paintings show how I see the world and the affect humans have on the world.
My methods of painting are simple - earth pigments mixed with egg yolk (mostly from our own organic chickens) on linen. I do use some acrylic gesso but am researching other traditional materials to replace this. I use newspaper, recycled kitchen roll, some cotton wool. The bad thing I do is use disposable plastic plates as palettes- I do use them many times, but eventually they go for recycling. I am looking for some better solution...
I work with local businesses;
- Paul Williamson in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, who frames and stretches my canvases.
- Chris Farrow, of Original Giclee from Kingsley, Staffordshire, who photographs my work and produces my prints and cards.
I produce very little waste, what there is, is recycleable. I re-grind dried up pigment if its clean enough.
I started the Ilam Art Club and ran it for about 10 years, now I am a strong supporter and little helper. The Art Club uses the Haybarn at Beechenhill when they need to.