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Colour in the visual world is what has always made me smile and to an extent dismiss material anxieties. It follows then that creating my own worlds of colour, texture and design absorb me similarly and when these please others my pleasure is compounded.
I am a gregarious person, having been constantly surrounded by others in my busy teaching life, but my work, apart from occasional portraits, is unpeopled. I enjoy the landscape but finding time to venture into it has been difficult and I prefer to only work from direct observation. This has led me to paint in my home, flowers and still life. I am a collecter, not in an ordered way but an aimless magpie collecting mostly non valuable things that have attracted me visually. My friends add to this ill assorted eclectic panoply by anticipating my tastes and giving me gifts that will appear in my work, hence peopling it with human presence, at least for me.
Since some friends in Castillonnes found over 40 gold Spanish coins hidden in a wall for 400 years, I have been considering my treasures, worthless in terms of fiscal value, but full of memories for me and have been recording them in the form of paintings and drawings, which is a work in progress. These are called Mes Souveniers