About my art
Other than an ‘O’Level in Art gained many years ago, I am a self trained artist. I originally started by making copper wire jewellery and formed a company called Wire & Gemstone Ltd. However, with the jewellery market saturated, and the beginnings of arthritis in my thumbs making wirework more challenging I decided to turn my interests elsewhere.
I loved the look of dot mandala art, so I started having a go on some pebbles that Martin had left over from one of his gardening projects. I was instantly hooked. I love bright and dark colours together, and acrylic paint is wonderfully versatile as it can be used on many surfaces.
During lockdown in 2020 I had a clear out of our cupboards, and found some chalk pastels that I wanted to try, but never got round to it. It was my favourite medium when I was at school, so I had a go and was surprised by my own ability. I quickly transferred my painting skills to hand cast art stones and tea light holders, and this is what we sell at Crafty Boaters today along with small chalk pastel paintings.
Painted art stones & Tea light holders
My art incorporates many of my own interests such as the flora and fauna around our boat on the Thames. I am particularly partial to the dark and bright colours of Eastern European folk art such as Russian lacquer work and the crewel work seen on Indian clothing and paper mâché items. This inspires the colour choices and patterns that I use in my dot artwork and painted boxes**. Prices for our painted art stones and tea light holders are from £25. You can see some examples of my work in our art gallery here. We also have an online shop which you can access from the main menu on this website.
** Painted boxes coming in the Autumn
Combining my love of cats and art, I offer pet portraits of cats using acrylic on art stones from a photo provided by you. The stones are 11cm in diameter, and are a lovely alternative to wall art if you are looking for something smaller as a gift or keepsake. Prices start at £85
If you are interested in a commission to paint your cat please download a copy of our guidelines for commissions below, then contact me using our email address firstname.lastname@example.org and write ‘cat portrait enquiry’ in the subject line.