‘British Summertime’ is currently my most successful piece, having sold 20 prints to date. The artwork has been exhibited in Brighton and London, and has been purchased by the Hertfordshire NHS Trust as they thought it fitted well with their ‘Resilience’ themed project.
When I was creating this piece I was going through a particularly difficult time and I found the image encapsulated exactly how I felt. British weather is a great metaphor for the difficulty and unpredictability of life and the woman’s expression can be viewed in a variety of ways depending on the viewers’ mood.
As the years fly by (the original is now 8 years old), I find this image is even more pertinent than ever now ‘Brexit’ has entered our vocabulary, and maybe this image helps describe our feelings towards the current situation when we are otherwise left virtually speechless.
The print has an almost three dimensional quality thanks to the wealth materials I have used in the original. These include; stamps, newspaper, glitter, microbeads, water soluble wax pastels and acrylic paint. I work in mixed media purely because I love art materials and love the variety in textures they produce. The print is delicately embellished by hand with a very subtle layer of fine glitter behind the figure.