Flat 2 (First floor)
20 Westgate South
Crail KY10 3RF
Note: Jo will not be open for the first Open Studios weekend (22/23 June) … only 29/30th June.
Coming into to Crail from Anstruther, there is a Church on your left. Opposite this, on the right hand side, there is a lane. Almost at the beginning of the lane, between the buildings there is a black iron wrought gate, on the left beyond is a brown communal door. The studio is up one flight of stairs.
I started painting as an emotional response to my surroundings, initially when I lived in the Sultanate of Oman and now, living in the beautiful East Neuk of Fife, I love the ever changing seascapes and the bustling harbours.
While my love of ‘wet-into-wet’ watercolours helps to convey atmosphere, I’m now experimenting with other subject matter and mediums (often using several in the same painting). I prefer to ‘extract the essence’ of an image rather than reproduce an exact likeness. This is especially true of my floral work where I often use vibrant colours. However, I also love the subtle colours needed for say… a misty March day in Venice, where the idea of ‘less is more’ appeals.
I am still on my painting journey, trying out new materials and tools. I’m having too much fun to come ‘off the artistic fence’ just yet. I am continuing to add to my skills in the hope of finding a consistent ‘voice’. So for the moment “nothing ventured, nothing gained” is my painting motto. The excitement of producing different artwork, of just going with the flow, is addictive. I enjoy painting too much to stick to only one medium.