Art for my sake

There are two things I can’t do when I’m unhappy: make art and drink (alcohol). I have found that I can only paint when I am in my ‘happy place’ – without pressure of work or housework or the expectations of others. And I only drink when I’m happy. The thought of crawling into a bottle when the world is too much for me … is, strangely, too much for me. So my art-making is sporadic, and that’s not good for it because to be an ‘artist’ you need to be at it all the time. I suppose that makes me a painter, as opposed to an artist. I also can’t paint the same thing over and over again. Nothing I paint ever looks the way I intended, yet there are only so many times I can have a go at trying to get it right.

Many of my paintings are done using acrylic paints applied to canvas using old credit and sim cards. The use of these items allows me to ‘loosen up’. As you can imagine, we editors can get a little uptight and fussy at times. Painting without being able to control the medium too well is good discipline for me – good discipline in relaxing!

And then I discovered papier mache … or rather, after many, many years, I finally found the time to really start working with paper. And I love it! It’s so therapeutic.  It started with bowls, but now, in late 2019, I’m playing around with animals and critters. Not much to show you on the animals and critters front yet, but hopefully in 2020 there will be.

I used to retail my originals on Blue Thumb, but for a variety of reasons (most of which I can no longer remember) it wasn’t quite working for me, and so I’ve recently set up shop on ETSY.  I’m frustrated that there’s no official ETSY plug-in for WordPress – that would make life a lot simpler. So to see them all (and/or to buy) you’ll need to check out my originals here:

But here are some samples by category to give you an idea:


See all my available acrylics here:

Or buy prints of many of my acrylics on a variety of merchandise here:


My watercolours are generally sold unframed to make shipping easier and less expensive and to allow you to choose a suitable frame for your own purposes.

See all my available watercolours here:

Or buy prints of many of my watercolours on a variety of merchandise here:


See all my available bowls here:

And many of my images are also available as greeting cards, posters, iPad, tablet and phone covers, furnishings, fashions, journals and more from my RedBubble page at