Nepal: it creeps up on you unexpectedly like an addiction and seeps into your bones staying there forever and so becomes part of you. Which is why I have created this body of work depicting the Himalayas.
From 1981- 83 I worked in Nepal as a volunteer with my husband David. We spent considerable time in remote districts on sanitation schemes.
I kept a written record of this time as well as photographs and sketches which I used as source material for many paintings of the Himalayas and the Buddhist architecture.
Having supported the charity, Community Action Nepal, I was invited to exhibit at their Mountain Arts Festival in Cumbria. This led to the opportunity to revisit Nepal in April 2017. Trekking in a remote region and then spending over a week by myself in a small mountain village was the highlight of my trip. I was able to sketch and paint and have used these close observations of the mountains to develop paintings in different ways.
So, oils for drama and atmosphere; acrylics for experimenting, lots of colours; watercolours, inks and a very messy sink and the surprise of the unexpected, letting the materials take control and knowing when to stop! I hope in some way I have managed to capture the atmosphere and splendour of this wonderful place.
After returning I had six large paintings accepted for the Great North Art Show in Ripon Cathedral, which was a huge honour and privilege.
I can’t wait to go back to Nepal again very soon!