I’m an artist living and working in Nuneaton, I describe my art practice as Transit Art - Public Art - Visual Art -.
Transit Art takes art to new audiences utilising enormous articulated lorry trailers, dustbin lorries, buses and boats blurring the boundaries of advertising spaces and spaces for enormous, travelling artworks. Currently10 lorries transport my art nationally and internationally and I will launch new work for London Northwestern Rail in 2019. My public works are site specific and explore working roles, heritage and landscape. In 2016 I designed and painted the entire façade of the George Eliot Maternity hospital and other works displayed there and in the main building. Other local works included The Gold Belt, Riversley Park, Nuneaton Bus Station inly drawing and Chilvers Coton Heritage Centre. I have discussed my work on Radio 4 Women's Hour and been featured Channel 5 and BBC news.
My career began in 1998 with autobiographical paintings, drawings and vinyl hand cut images leading to work which questions the role of female artist and female life model. My personal work often explores the identity of women, I create figurative paintings and drawings, hand cut vinyl and digitally images.
It gives me great pleasure this year to have been asked to create a contemporary image of George Eliot for the 2019 bicentenary merchandise. I’m also delighted to be working on a series of independent portraits with a view to unveiling them for the anniversary of Mary Ann’s birthday in November 2019. When painting women I would usually work from direct observation and conversation to engage personally with my subject. In collaboration with the George Eliot Fellowship and through my own research, her work, letters, autobiographies and conversations I’m getting to know her, as a woman. Through this process I’m aiming to reveal her identity, true beauty and charm. I’ve approached this as a Nuneaton born creative woman, with interest and intrigue. I understand her as an intelligent, creative, independent and in today’s terms a “modern’ woman. Who brought to the world, through her globally acclaimed novels, her experience of living in the Midlands, her unconventional attractiveness and lifestyle, high intelligence and compassion. As a result of this research I will be curating an exhibition for local art group Art Alert to produce an exhibition of works in response to selected extracts from George Eliot novels, which will tour locally later in the year.