Hello! I am an artist and home educator living in England. This series of paintings is about HOPE, SPACE, STILLNESS AND PEACE... and their counterparts MOVEMENT, PRESSURE and CHANGE.
Exhibiting at this concert was electric.
It was an inspiring and energising evening full of thoughts, words and music written about one of my famous places, The Long Man of Wilmington in Sussex, England. My thanks to the composer, Nathan James for including and inspiring me. How unusual it is to find a group of artists making work about the same piece of earth at the same time.
Nathan lifted the beauty and ancient history of this part of the South Downs and placed it in an emotive piece of music. This series of paintings tell the story of the landscape, the space in the long views and the hope that I feel when I spend time here.
Nathan has collected an impressive archive of writing and artwork about the Long Man of Wilmington and shared it on his Instagram page @onwindoverhill and his website www.castleymusic.com.
This wonderful world...
I love beautiful places, spiritual places, mystical places - the sky full of clouds, fields to remind me of wildflowers and morning dew… they remind me of the times that I feel wholly myself, peaceful and still.
I remember that I am connected to all of the beauty in the world - ancient, solid and repeating through the cycle of the year.
Painting is my celebration of that beauty and emotion - the line of a hill framing the fields, the mark of a fence passed through for generations.
I hope you enjoy this work and seeing it makes you feel peace and joy in this great big beautiful world.
Sometimes, it is hard to see which comes first.
Often, it is really messy and the two overlap in time and space.
Both have to fit into the nooks and crannies of family life.
It doesn't always feel like it is working, but over 15 years my work as an artist has matured and developed and my children have grown and learned. Somehow, it mysteriously worked because we treated every day as a new start and never gave up (or at least not for long)!
You can find more information about my experience as a home educator, including a video series here: