Exhibitions & Events
Here you will find a selection of exhibitions and events with which I have been involved.
Art Fair East
I enjoyed taking part in ArtFairEast at the beginning of December. This is the premier art fair in the East Anglia region. I collaborated with other artists from the non-profit organisation ArtCan to showcase our work.
Winter in Todmorden
I am delighted to be part of the open exhibition called "Winter" by Water Street Gallery, Todmorden, West Yorkshire.
The exhibition runs from 26th October until 14th January 2024. "Our wide ranging relationships with winter through art triggers many thoughts - landscape,, ice and snow, hibernating creatures, warm interiors, city lights, night sky, winter sunsets, artificial glitz, glitter, and wonderlands, and people in winter - recollections and observation for this exhibition. "
Discover more here
Perspectives in Suffolk
In October I was part of an exhibition Called Perspectives of Bury St Edmunds at the Art in East Anglia gallery, Langton Place, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
Artist Residency in Devon
In September, I spent a week as artist in residence at Ermecot Gatehouse in South Devon. My partner, Geoff, came to support me as fibromyalgia makes travelling difficult. I decided to use my time to study the catchment of the river Erme and also to try new techniques in my art practice.
The Erme River rises on Dartmoor, flows south through the town of Ivybridge and to the sea at Mothecombe. With only a week to explore, I had to pick a few key locations. Turner visited the town of Ivybridge in the early 19th century and made a lovely painting, which is now in the Tate. I took his painting and the bridge (which remains) as inspiration from my own work. In the 19th century, Ivybridge, located on the road between Exeter and Plymouth, was an industrial centre. It had two paper mills and a corn mill, as well as other manufacturing.
Above Ivybridge, the river runs under an awe-inspiring railway viaduct. I didn’t attempt to paint this but took lots of photographs and might try later. Further up still, on the edge of Dartmoor, is the tiny village of Harford with another stunning old bridge. We followed a track beside the river and discovered the remains of ancient walls, covered in moss.
Unfortunately, halfway through the residency, Geoff broke his arm, significantly disrupted our plans. I am glad that we had already visited the glorious beach at Mothecombe. Part of the Flete Estate, this beach offers visitors wave cut platforms, golden sand, a World War 2 pillbox and romantic treelines. I joined children collecting stones. One of these, striped pink and grey, gave me inspiration to create a picture which I call ‘The World in a Grain of Sand.’
The Gatehouse is an idyllic stonewalled cottage in a tranquil location. I fell asleep to the sound of the river Erme close by. I loved having the opportunity to leave my paints out as I don’t have a permanent studio at home. It is now one of my goals to make a studio space. I made an effort to use watercolour, gouache and acrylic, confirming, as I had suspected, that I like acrylic on canvas best l but each has its place in my practice.
I relished the space and time to concentrate on my art away from day-to-day distractions. I was slightly nervous about doing an artist residency but even with the disruption and worry of my partner’s accident, it was a great experience.
The River Erme and Its Industries By Ivybridge Heritage & Archives Group
find out more at: www.ivybridge-heritage.org
When I reconnected with the visual arts again after decades, it was through making doodles on my iPad. What started as a pain management technique became a hobby, and then a passion. Soon, I was experimenting with different media, painting with watercolour, acrylic on paper, then acrylic on canvas. Throughout this journey I continued to use my iPad both to make original work, and as a way of testing out ideas for my conventional paintings. The iPad and the iPhone are my tools as much as pencil, paper and brushes.
My iPad work has been for sale on my Etsy shop for years, but I am delighted to announce the development of a new range of limited edition prints.
An early iPad painting of fields near Ely
IPad artworks are popular on my Etsy
A recent artwork I am testing
Open Studio, 2023
I held a one person one room exhibition for two consecutive weekends in August.
Our visitors were an eclectic bunch from 2 years old to 80 years young. They included friends I had known since schooldays and friends I had met on Instagram. It was a lovely opportunity to introduce my work to new collectors and chat with people who have followed my art for the past 5 years.
While everyone who visited is a VIP to me, we were particularly honoured to welcome Tabish Khan, the London Art Critic, who generously called in to see the exhibition. Tabish is well known for encouraging emerging artists, and accessibility in the arts. Check out his columns in The Londonist and Fad magazine, or checkout his Instagram at
UnEarthed in Mayfair
During August I took part in the Unearthed exhibition in Mayfair, London. This was organised by the Week 45 Collective.
Saltaire Arts Trail, May 2023
During the late spring bank holiday I took part in the Saltaire Open Village Arts Trail. I had a wonderful time, meeting new collectors and other artists, and seeing the beautiful village. I also took the opportunity to visit Salts Mill, and see the iPad paintings of David Hockney.
I was honoured that Saltaire Inspired selected one of my pictures to be on the front cover of the Trail guide.
View of Salts
The Trail guide with my image on it
Chatting with one of the trustees of Saltaire Inspired
Sanctuary Art Exhibition, May 2023
I took part in the launch event of a new ArtCan East Anglia regional group of the nonprofit organisation ArtCan, to which I belong. It featured the work of 12 women artists from the East Anglian region, thanks to a grant from the Holly Bush Prize (now Women in Art). In the Leper Chapel, in Cambridge a 900 year old Romanesque chapel and one of the oldest buildings still in use in Cambridge. It was wonderful to see fresh contemporary artwork in this ancient setting. We had 12 artists in the exhibition, and a range of different styles and techniques, from contemporary printmaking to oil painting, from iPad painting to sculpture. We have abstract work and work inspired by traditional mythology.
Society of East Anglian Watercolourists, March 2023
In March 2023 I was invited to become an Associate Member the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists.
I exhibited with the Society twice during 2022: in February, at Awash 22, in the Handa Gallery, Wells Next the Sea, Norfolk and in September, at Waterways in the Babylon Gallery, Ely, Cambridgeshire.
I am part of ArtCan, an artist-led, non-profit arts organisation with members across Britain and internationally. ArtCan creates opportunities for artists through exhibitions and practice development as well as peer-to-peer connections, professional recognition and access to specialist knowledge and support.
I have exhibited with ArtCan in New York and Paris, as well as in the UK.
Lighthouse Dental Practice Ipswich
I am working with the Lighthouse Dental Practice in Ipswich which displays my art in their waiting room. The idea was conceived by the manager of the practice as a way of creating an environment to promote well-being for patients awaiting treatment, and to support local artists.
Art in East Angila Gallery
I am delighted to be working with Michele at Art in East Anglia.
My work is available to see on the Gallery website, as well as in the beautiful gallery at 10 Langton Place, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
Visit the gallery website here
One of my paintings is on display as part of the Ensemble 2 exhibition organised by ArtCan in association with Kroll, in their offices in the centre of Paris.
This is part of Kroll's corporate and social responsibility programme, giving emerging artists an opportunity to show their work and providing staff and visitors with engaging artwork.
This exhibition is open to the public by arrangement.
I'm delighted that one of my paintings has been selected for an exhibition called Mythical Woods. This is to be held at Stanton Guildhouse, Stanton Broadway, Worcestershire until 26th of January 2024.
This is a multimedia exhibition with 25 artists, who have been inspired by mythology, folklore, and popular fiction portraying the wilderness.
The exhibition is organised and curated by "Art from Heart" and the Stanton Guildhouse Trust.
More information about the exhibition can be found here . You are welcome to visit but this needs to be arranged in advance.
D31 Art Prize
I was shortlisted for the D31 Art Prize organised by the D31 Gallery in Doncaster. I was the 3rd place runner-up for the People's Choice prize. My painting, Bloodline, explores my relationship with my Hungarian grandfather, who died in the Holocaust before I was born. The painting is part of the online exhibition of works.
Norwich, March 2023
I was delighted to attend the opening party of an unconventional exhibition called Unconsumed in Norwich. It was great to see my painting alongside works of all different genres and materials. In total 95 artists are involved with this exhibition. It's taking place in an old factory, which gives a cavernous and atmospheric setting for the art.
This is a cross-generational multi-disciplinary post-pandemic exhibition of artists in East Anglia.
New York! New York!
I am delighted that one of my paintings spent the past year in New York, as part of an exhibition arranged by ArtCan in partnership with Kroll.
And I can now share that my painting has found a permanent home in New York. I am absolutely thrilled that one of the team at Kroll decided to buy the painting.
Ileana said: "Each year for my birthday I treat myself to a piece of art. The moment I saw your piece, the vibrant kaleidoscope of amethyst colours flowing through the trees, I knew it was “the one.” The Bluebells / Seeing Differently piece is a birthday gift to myself. Someone offered to gift it to me, but I knew I had to buy it myself because of the connection made with the piece."
Precious postcards exhibition
I was delighted to be included in the Art & People, open call exhibition of postcard sized original work called Precious Postcards. This was displayed in Bristol and later in Chelsea at the Hollywood Road gallery
One of my mini originals in the exhibition
A gouache painting of summer hedgerows is included in the society of East Anglian Watercolourists WaterWays exhibition at the Babylon Gallery, Ely, Cambridgeshire.
Walking with Trees exhibition 2022
I was delighted to collaborate with photographer John Martyn on a collection of work celebrating the beauty of meadows and ancient forests around the town of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. This collection was on show at Guildhall Studio, Guildhall Street, Bury St Edmunds from 8th April – 14 May 2022.
Read a review of our exhibition on a blog by The Sloe Life
Walking with trees
Coverage of my exhibition with John Martyn, photographer, at Guildhall Studio, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Wild in the City
I was delighted to take part in a day of painting at the Wetland Centre in Barnes on Sunday 12th June. This was organised by Arts Richmond along the lines of the popular Sky television programme, Landscape Artist of the Year.
At the start of August an exhibition of the work created during this painting day was officially opened by the Mayor of Richmond.
Awash, 2022, Society of East Anglian Watercolourists
I was delighted to be part of the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists exhibition, Awash, 22,
February at the Handa Gallery, Wells Maltings, Wells next the Sea, Norfolk.
ING Discerning Eye, 2021
I was thrilled and delighted that my painting 'The Phoenix Trees' was in the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 2021. It was chosen as one of 500 artworks from some 7500 submitted.
During lockdown, in 2021, one of my iPad artworks was chosen to be part of a public art project in Southfields SW18. The picture is still on a lamppost in Replingham Road.
Wandsworth Art, part of Wandsworth Council, chose a colourful picture of autumn trees to be included in Framed, a street art project which sees local artists' works displayed on lamp posts throughout the borough.
"This exhibition of artworks by 10 Southfields-based artists, installed on lamppost banners on Replingham Road and Wimbledon Park Road, celebrates the vibrancy, optimism and resilience of Wandsworth as we return to our high streets after lockdown."
One of my pictures on a lamppost
Another article appeared in the South London Press in summer 2021, when I was selected as one of the artists in the Framed project run by Wandsworth Council.
This project involved artworks positioned on lamp posts around the borough in order to lift people's spirits during Covid.
Pizza the Action, 2021
In summer 2021, in Bury St Edmunds, Art around Town invited artists and members of the public to paint on pizza boxes what the town meant to them, and what made Bury St Edmunds so special. I contributed two pizza box entries.
This article appeared about me in the South London Press in October 2019. That was when I held my first Artists' Open house as part of the Wandsworth Council Artists' Open house trail.
I hope my story can give hope to other people suffering from chronic pain and despair.
Visiting St George's Hospital, Phoenix centre where several of my paintings are on display