Saturday, 27 August 2016

Widdershins 2016

 Greetings from my dwelling near the gateway to the high moors. There are usually a few personal obstacles along my path that obstruct a regular flowing of meanderings here, which I hope to eventually clear away, but I can reveal a current exhibition taking place which is full of magical delights for the mind, heart and soul. Widdershins, Pathways to the Fearie Realm, is an exhibition of Moorland Mythic Art in Devon. Three years ago there was an exhibition of the same name, in the same gallery, which was a great success. You can see my blog post about it here.  Eager to evoke the realm of myth and magic again the lovely folk at Green Hill Arts Gallery called upon our artistry to create a world where people could walk in and be both enchanted and comforted. Once again the curators did a fantastic job. All of the same artists were involved including a few more renowned artists, which added to a very diverse array of expression throughout. Artists Alan Lee, Brian Froud, Wendy Froud, Terri Windling, David Wyatt, Neil Wilkinson Cave, Marja Lee, Pauline Lee, Rima Staines, Danielle Barlow, Angharad Barlow, Hazel Brown.

Here is a taste of some of the many flavours of expression in paint, pencil, clay, fabric, wood, silver,  bronze, animation, illustration and written word.

In the company of faery folk in various states of being and becoming. 
with Wendy Froud's Moth Faery

A Lady Sprout, Prayer seed, and an angel in a shell, made of polymer clay and acrylic.

'Onion tears' being consoled by a passing snail.

Wendy Froud's 'Faery Godmother's day out' with  Hazel Brown's handmade Faery boxes and handwritten faery books

Throughout the exhibition Terri Windling masterfully wrote quotes on the walls by well known writers and artists. Here is one nestled in between my 'Red Riding Hood' and 'Into the path's embrace' wall sculptures.

"There were always tales passed from mother to daughter, father to son. Down through the generations they came, so that we would never forget that place, that magic, that elemental and awesome power that abided in our forbears. In each generation the power of the tale rests with us, the storytellers" -Evangeline Walton- Novelist

Celeste, Bronze hare by Paul Kidby

'Imbolc' watercolour painting by Marja Lee 
Marja is my mother. She was fashion illustrator back in the 1960s and now works on intuitive paintings supported by co-creative science, a method of working in harmony with nature and nature spirits.

detail of 'Spiral Dance' watercolour painting by Marja Lee

                                 'Maiden, Mother, Crone' oil on wood by  Rima Staines.
See how Rima, Tom and boy are getting on in Hedgespoken, a vehicle for the imagination

Still from 'Orla, Wren, Fish and Doll', animation by Rima Staines

 Detail of 'The Language of Trees' collage by Terri Windling

Detail of 'But the youngest bunny could not sleep' collage by Terri Windling

      Faery Princess, Faery mirror, Pressed faery, Melch Dick by Brian Froud

Detail of 'Green Man' by Neil Wilkinson Cave

Detail of 'Wistman's wood' by Hazel Brown

Detail of 'Discworld' Limited edition print by Paul Kidby

'Spinning moonlight' by David Wyatt
'Merwyng' drawing by Marja Lee
'The Mariner' drawing by Alan Lee
'Merfolk Village' illustration by Virginia Lee
'The Storm Within' polymer clay sculpture by Virginia Lee

'Orthanc' watercolour illustration for The Lord of the Rings
'Light in the woods' illustration for 'Merlin Dreams'

Ceramics by Pauline Lee (my auntie)
Jewellery by Angharad Barlow
'Dancing Princess' illustration for the Frog Bride by Virginia Lee
'Faery of Fashion' drawing by Alan Lee

                                      'Brother Swan necklace' in silver by Angharad Barlow

                                                 'Shapeshifting Hare' by Danielle Barlow

                                                  'The Last Puppeteer' by David Wyatt

   'Forgiveness fuels the fire within' water mixable oil paints and mixed media on board. More reveal on this piece soon.

Although the exhibition is almost over, the shop in the foyer will continue to stock the artist's prints cards, and some originals, as well as other artist's work including Alexandra Dawe

Farewell from the faerie folk, for now!

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

The Fear Within

In the fall of 2015 I followed thoughts into fairy tale forests and followed the fears that were bound up within, and fearing my feelings might gobble me up, I found a small clearing for them to roam free. And once they were free they could feel. And once they were felt they were free. And the fear within turned to freedom within for now I feel fine in the company of wolves.

polymer clay wall plaque, painted with acrylic and oil paint
                                                                       h 11', w 7.5''

This piece has been exhibited in Obsidian Gallery and I intend to display it in some upcoming exhibitions this year. For inquiries email me

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

The Diplomat

The Diplomat
oil on paper

For any inquiries about this piece or any other, please email me at

Wishing you all a peaceful day!

Monday, 3 August 2015

Portals to inner worlds

Recently I have been venturing into the mysterious realms of my belly. The place I so rarely want to dwell in for long but a place where treasure is hidden within the turbulent seas and under dark swirling skies.

As a way of drawing my attention back to this place my creative urges have been leading me to combine my sculpting and painting. The sensual physicality of the sculpting creates a frame and a vessel for the inner illuminations of my painting. I am finding this combination quite satisfying, here are just a few of examples as wall hangings. I hope to be making more of them.

'In the light of the Hare's moon'

wire, polymer clay, acrylic and oil paint
height 12''

'The Storm within'

wire, polymer clay, acrylic and oil paint
height 6''

'Into the path's embrace'

wire, polymer clay, acrylic and oil paint
height 6''

These sculptural wall hangings have been for sale in my etsy shop. More of them will be making an appearance in there soon so keep an eye out and visit often if you are interested.

A wave and a kiss from my world to your world.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Acorns and chestnuts

Seeing from the heart of a child
opens old minds to the infinite wild
nature's unfurling destiny
from a cradle of domesticity

There was a spark of recognition as a character revealed itself to me within the creases of the clay.  Something of the spirit of my grandmother felt present. Sweet in nature, forever youthful, singing somewhere over the rainbow.

She sits in her oak rocking chair on my bedside table under the canopy of my Merfolk lampshade.

A burgeoning prayer for peace from a seed held within nut, within husk, within my hand, made by my hand.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Mother to bee

It would be fair to say that I wandered quite far into the wilderness to discover this piece.

A commissioned piece, the theme of which is 'Bumblebee'.
Sculpted in polymer clay, painted in acrylic, complete with vibrating bees and housed within a 8''x8'' box frame.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Mythic burgeonings..


To bring you a bit more up to date with my meanderings, I can reveal in monochrome that....

I viewed life from within a nutshell..... 

Looked straight into the eye of the Minotaur.....

Ventured to illuminate hollow ground...

And pondered the intricacies of love...

After an abundance of rain there came an abundance of bluebells this May, how generous nature is. There also came much needed tonic of visitors who coaxed me from my festering nutshell and went out to revel in the beauty of the land in which I have the privilage to reside in.

Following the bluebells that were following us...

and found my own nook amongst all the crannies in Wistman's wood...

But even after passing the prancing pony...

and the three wise sheep...

I still needed to get my bearings...

Luckily I managed to find our way home..

To purchase some of the originals and prints featured here, please visit my Etsy store here. Thank you for visiting!