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Working In sketchbooks is a really important part of my practice. For many years I have kept a visual diary in which I observe and record everyday


Some pages are representational, whereas others are abstract, perhaps trying to capture colour, texture, line, pattern or emotion. These ‘journals’ are a very personal response to the everyday things that I encounter.  


I use a variety of media, often using whatever is to hand. They contain drawings, paintings, print, text, found items, textile samples, threads and photographs.



Sketchbook Explorations book

Alongside these, I work in other sketchbooks, developing, exploring and investigating an image or idea in greater depth. I use these 'workbooks' to clarify, evaluate, simplify and refine images, ideas, thoughts and designs prior to completing a finished piece of work.

Whenever I travel, I carry a sketchbook and a ‘little pack of materials’, so that she can record my journey.


"I have learned that what I have not drawn I have never really seen, and that when I start drawing an ordinary thing, I realize how extraordinary it is, sheer miracle. "


Frederick Franck, The Zen of Seeing.



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