I’ve been busy with some new commissions over the winter. I love the challenge of drawing and painting something I love which also matches someone else’s brief. I really enjoy the reaction when people get to see the finished painting, too!

An organisation close to my heart is Camcycle (formerly know as the Cambridge Cycling Campaign). They’re all about two of my favourite things – bikes and Cambridge. They were also really helpful a few years back when my partner and his bike were hit by a taxi veering into a cycle lane. So I was really chuffed to be asked to design an image for a new range of four greetings cards they have published. My offering, Rush hour, includes three members of my family – including me!

A very exciting new project in the pipeline is a glossy coffee-table art book called The HeArt of Cambridge which is to be published in 2017. It is the brainchild of fellow Cambridge artist, Emma Bennett. We had a lovely feature in the January issue of the Cambridge Magazine.

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I am delighted to announce that I have been invited by perhaps the ‘foremost independent art gallery in Britain’, Primavera, to exhibit my work with them. This is something I have dreamed of from when I first came up to Cambridge to study many years ago. Primavera, on King’s Parade in central Cambridge, is an exquisite place – an absolute cornucopia of the most beautiful arts and crafts from the best of British artists and makers.

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My first Cambridge Open Studios experience was fantastic! I loved chatting to so many people about tips and techniques, and loved getting feedback about what my work means to other people. It’s a very special privilege to have that kind of feedback. I’m definitely planning to open again next year!

The Cambridge Magazine picked me out as one of their three highlights – “Fun, quirky, and VERY Cambridge”

Here I am on Cambridge 105 talking about my work and my story (go to 1hr 38mins)

One highlight was a visit from a 5 year old neighbour, Jackson. He was apparently inspired by what he saw, and came back later in the day with a trayful of art that he had created to show me. I asked him whether I could display his work for all my visitors to see (strictly against Open Studios rules!), and he made me a sign to go with his exhibition.

All Open Studio artists are creating a heart to be auctioned to raise money for the new Arthur Rank Children’s Hospice in Cambridge #LoveyourNEWhospice

A watercolour of Tour de France sprinters arriving at the Tour de France finish line in a heart shape
pen and watercolour of market stall selling teas and coffee

I recently exhibited as part of the Down Your Street exhibition at Byard Art Gallery on King’s Parade in Cambridge. I had a great time being one of their gallery artists.