Where do I gain inspiration for my paintings? I'm often asked this question.
Well its from the natural world around me.
I'm also extremely lucky to live in a semi rural place, the lanes and sandstone trails around my village are notoriously beautiful, natural, and full of wildlife.
I also live very close to a large forest, rich in natural habitats for British wildlife.
However, a big part of my inspiration is in my own garden!, I don't have to look far to find a beautiful flower or creature!, many are already here in my own garden!. poppies, thistles, lavenders, echinacea, irises, roses, many varieties of wild meadow and nectar rich flowers grow in abundance in my gardens. Too many to list!.
I've spent around 14 years creating many of my planted areas for wildlife, and of course for my own enjoyment. I grew up in the country and will always be a country girl at heart.
All my floral and landscape /meadow paintings are created using my gardens as the main first point of inspiration.
For my other larger animals paintings I tend to gain inspiration while I'm out & about on my travels. I usually make quick sketches in situ, and take photographs for when I'm back in my studio. Occasionally I'll also paint en plein air, if time/weather allows.
I also study lots of varying reference photos for hours before I start a painting in order to understand the basic characters of an animal (muscle tone, facial structures etc), it all helps me to build a picture in my mind of what I want to paint, and what " vibe " I want to portray within my painting.
I love every single moment