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Hands, Head & Heart
"Those who work with their hands are labourers. Those who work with their hands and head are craftsmen. But those who work with their hands, head and heart are artists".
This quote was the inspiration behind my 2018 photographic project, or more accurately it provided me with the title for a project I had been mulling over for a few years.
Using a series of environmental portraits I wanted to show the artist at work, how their work is created and perhaps gain an insight into the artist themselves and their creative process along the way.
So, using the above quote as my introduction, I put out an open invitation to anyone who considered themselves an artist to get in touch to take part in my project. All they had to do was agree to be photographed by me in the space they use to create their art, and answer 9 questions - the same 9 questions I asked all artists who took part.
I was delighted with the response I got and pleased that I had a wide variety of styles and mediums. Traditional and abstract painters; a musician; a writer; a textile artist, all identified with the Heads, Hands & Heart quote and they all seemed to welcome the opportunity to talk about their art which, without exception, they were clearly passionate about.
During this process I met and made friends with some very creative people and, I hope, was able to shine a light on them as individuals and their talent.
Hands, Head & Heart Part II
Little did I know how much the world would change in the few short years since I completed this project. Which got we wondering what effect has a global pandemic has had on artists and their creative process?
With this in mind I've decided to revisit Hands, Head & Heart but with a new set of volunteers.
Please follow the link below to see my 2018 work, (more artists will be added over time) and details about how to be involved in this project going forward.
The Sky Has No Surface
In 2021 I took part in an online exhibition entitled "The Sky Has No Surface" with the following brief:
"Have you ever wondered what's beyond our line of sight? Why we only see blue when we look up but know there's hundreds of planets out there. The Sky Has No Surface looks to these intangible things asking artists to explore their own boundaries and surfaces in relation to what goes beyond our line of sight."
Using found objects photographed in such a way as to disguise their identity, I produced a series of images that transport those ordinary terrestrial objects into something otherworldly. The final body of work invites the viewer to question their own perspective on "what's beyond our line of sight" and what's right under our nose.
Belle Vue Arts Festival 2019
I entered 2 pieces in the Belle Vue Arts Festival which this year was on the theme "Origins". I'm pleased to say my montage "Roots - A Botanical Study" achieved joint second place, and my landscape "A New Day Begins" was awarded a Highly Commended.
Church Stretton Arts Festival
In February 2018 I entered the following images in the Church Stretton Arts Festival and I was delighted that 2 of my images were sold.
Photography on a Postcard
Art on a Postcard is an organisation that raises money for The Hepatitis C Trust via a secret auction of art recreated on postcard size prints. In 2016 they extended this concept to include photography.
The submissions included work from Bruce Golden, Mark Power, David Hoffman, Dougie Wallace, Maggie Taylor, Karine Laval and Laura Pannack. This is my successful submission in 2017.
Town & Country
In 2014 I exhibited a collection of photographs under the heading of "Town & Country". Taken in Shrewsbury, Ludlow and on Caer Caradoc this exhibition took place in Church Stretton.
Origins takes it's inspiration from the fields and meadows close to Charles Darwin's childhood home in Shrewsbury. Darwin's father insisted that the young Charles took a walk around these meadows everyday, for the benefit of his health. It is said that these walks began his lifelong fascination for the natural world.
Taken over 12 months these images not only document the changing seasons, but also shows the variety of flora and fauna that can be seen on your doorstep (these meadows are but a 10 minute walk from Shrewsbury town centre.
This body of work was exhibited at the Shropshire Wildlife Visitors Centre in Shrewsbury in February 2014 as part of the celebration of Darwin's birth.
Lingen Davies Cancer Fund
In 2018 I had all 3 of my submissions for the Lingen Davies 2019 calendar accepted. In addition, prints of all calendar submissions were exhibited at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery as part of an auction to raise funds for the charity. For more information follow this link to their website - www.lingendavies.co.uk.