After leaving school in 1988, i worked at Bedford Archaeological Centre until 2008 studying the structures and designs of historical urban and rural landscapes. From 2008-2015 I worked in London as an archivist – preserving historical records and documents in various museums. In addition, I graduated with a BA(Hons) in History from the Open University in 2017.
Glass and me
After completed a ten-week course in stained glass at the Bedford Arts and Craft Centre in 2015, I was hooked!
I believe that it is in glass that I have a spiritual connection to the world about me. Especially uplifting, is how the glass refracts the sun in heat, energy, and sparkle.
Another delight is how glass captures the contours and cadences from the clouds in the sky, waves on a sea and ripples on a pond. Autumn, with its fiery oranges and reds; is for me, a second sun to capture in glass.
Historical buildings and Art
A second source of stimulus is historical buildings and monuments. I am particularly attracted to edifices of stone, brick and rock. Stonehedge is, in my view, a mystical entity in its interaction with sunrises and sunsets, summer and winter solstices.
I particularly love the Impressionists art movement, in particular – Turner, Monet, Degas, Manet, Cezanne, and Renoir – for their use of color and contrast, light and hue, emotion and atmosphere in their paintings.
Van Gogh is another favourite, his paintings are expressive, through the manipulation of colour, texture and subject matter, they represent to me, his emotional response to the world.
Additionally, I am also taken with modern artists and sculptors, e.g., Picasso, Salvador Dali, and Hockney for their fanciful and dream-like images; and Rodin through to Barbara Hepworth for their supple, if pulsating castings in stone, wood, plaster and bronze.