News & Events
EXCITING COMMISSION !
For the past few weeks I have been creating a special commissioned artwork whilst working from home.
Late last year I was contacted by Captain Elliot of The Blues & Royals Regiment of The Household Cavalry. He is responsible for fundraising for their veterans charity & they sell official Christmas cards each year to raise funds. Historically they have always used a photograph, but after seeing my animal artworks he wanted to commission me to do a painting for the 2020 card.
The Blues & Royals are the 2nd Most senior regiment in the British army with previous members being Princes’s William & Harry. The Colonel is Princess Anne & the Colonel in Chief is the Queen. So you can imagine my excitement & what a “pinch myself” moment this commission was for Me!!
It may seem strange that I’m showcasing wintery equine artwork in the spring, but the reason for its design at this time of year is to prepare for it’s promotion in the The Household Cavalry Official Journal of 2020.
I’m so proud that my artwork is going to be printed onto thousands of Christmas Cards for 2020 & that all money raised from the sales will go to the worthy cause of supporting veterans. I’m also excited at the thought of whose mantle piece my cards may adorn later in the year!
I am currently preparing the painting for a run of limited edition mounted Giclee prints that will be for sale in the coming weeks. Plus the original artwork will be framed ready for sale too. A percentage of all sales will be donated to the veteran’s charity
Still open for business
It’s taken a few days to get my head together like most people due to all the changes happening in the world right now. But I’m still here & open for business.
THANK YOU to all of you who have continued to support me & my little business, it means a lot to me and helps keep things afloat during these really difficult times.
I realise that in the grand scheme of things, ordering artwork, a mug, a cushion & even a small coaster or greetings card isn’t high on anyone’s priority list – but we all need to add a little colour and lightness to these difficult days & also send still gifts to our loved ones.
I am operating as usual & assure you that I will keep creating commissions & shipping my products for as long as is safe and allowed.
Yesterday I moved my studio contents to my home to allow me to carry on painting & I have a variety of products ready to dispatch too.
I am still working as hard as ever, although like many of you, I am also juggling working with homeschooling my children – so please bear with me if you message me!
Posting products will obviously mean trips to the post office, which as you understand need to be kept to a minimum – therefore I will aim for 2 trips a week.
Please keep watching me on Facebook and Instagram if you can – i will announce new creations when they happen & give you lots of gift ideas etc
Please stay safe, stay home and stay positive if you can. Together we can all look after each other and come out of the other side of this.
After the rain….comes the rainbow!
Lots of Love,
New painting workshop dates
I now have a list of acrylic painting workshops. Each workshop has only 4 places. Check out my online shop for more details & to book a place.
BBC Radio Derby
I was interviewed today during the Sally Pepper show. Listen to my segment below:
Limited Offer – A5 Mini portrait
Exciting news –
I have some space in May 2020 & have decided to offer the opportunity of a mini pet portrait on an A5 canvas board.
The board will then be mounted onto an A4 mountboard ready for you to pop into your own frame.
Pop over to my shop to secure your slot in my diary for only £99 !!
Limited spaces available!
So proud to be part of this project!! Empowering women & demonstrating girl power.
The project draws to a close on International women’s day & it will culminate in the 365 stories being published into a book.
I am happy to report that my studio space has become larger. I have recently moved down the building at Banks Mill Studios, from the 4th floor into a new studio. I’m now based on the 1st floor. Its a lot more accessible for visitors and I now have enough room to teach workshops. Watch this space for workshop dates.
Save the date !!!!
at Banks mill Studios
Throughout March I will be displaying my artwork in my first solo show.
Charting my journey from retiring from the police force to revisiting my creative flair, the work will include commissioned pet portraits as well as my own collection of original artworks which can be purchased along with prints, cushions, mugs and coasters.
Join me for the launch on Friday 6th March between 5pm-9pm for drinks & nibbles
And also on two meet the artist events on 8th and 21st March between 10-3pm
The exhibition is open week days from 6th to 26th March opening 10-3pm
Derbyshire Open Arts
I’m very excited to announce that I will be taking part in Derbyshire Open Arts event this year! I will be based at Banks Mill Studios along with 10 other artists/creatives.
Made in Derbyshire
I’m pleased to announce that I’m now a proud member of “Made in Derbyshire”.
Check out their website to explore & discover more about the rich cultural life and diversity of Derbyshire.
UPCOMING & CURRENT EVENTS
Saturday 6th November 2021
Handmadehour online event
Instagram event on @handmade_hour
Saturday 6th November 2021
Southwell Minister Winter Fair
Church Street, Southwell, Notts, NG25 0HD
Sunday 7th November 2021
Countdown to Christmas Craft fair
Cleve lodge, Elm Ave, Long Eaton, NG10 4LR
Saturday 13th & 14th November 2021
Derbyshire Makers Winter Artisan Fair
The Whitworth Centre, Darley Dale
Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st November 2021
Make More Stuff Autumn fair
Bustler market @ The Chocolate Factory, Siddals Road, Derby, DE1 2QD
Saturday 20th & Friday 26th November 2021
The Fabulously Festive Fair
Instagram event on @handmade_hour in conjunction with Tresstle
Friday 26th to Sunday 28th November 2021
Banks Mill Open Studios
Banks Mill Studios, Bridge street, Derby
Friday 10th to Thursday 16th December 2021
Derbyshire Makers Christmas Pop up Shop
The Gatehouse at Haddon Hall, Bakewell, DE45 1LA