My interest in subject matter may vary with time and if I was to exhibit, I would call my collection, ‘Painting at leisure with pleasure’
After a long break of 24 years, my present lifestyle allows me to relax a little so I am back creating my type of art. To start off, sunsets were dominating my canvases because they helped to fire up my imagination since I can make these up. As time passed, I became more interested in painting animals.
My artistic skills are improving slowly but deep down; I believe that people who create figurative art have some kind of natural talent. I feel that I too, was born with some natural talent because I find it easy and in doing so, I have donated many of my personal best works to worthy causes. On receipt of my works, their beautiful thank you replies reflect a happiness and gratitude so rewarding to me, these are enough to inspire me to create more.
Another feeling of satisfaction is when my picture framer tells me that he recognises my style anywhere. Fancy that! Watch out everyone for this Tatty’s style, he should have seen the number of brushes that I have worn out!
1. This is our cocker spaniel, Lex and he is a mammoth here! I have gone rusty with the long break!
2. Fishing near Dickie Mountain, a name thought up by my 13years old son at the time Glad someone has inherited my humour. I wanted to paint something to catch one’s attention so I chose a phallic shaped mountain. Finished for Christmas 2002 and everyone nearly choked themselves laughing over Christmas dinner! Awesome and overpowering, isn’t it? You can stop laughing now!
3. Amazon. I painted this to distract my husband from watching too much television. He encouraged me to paint pictures with sexual connotations so my future works will sell but he ended up keeping this one for himself!
4. The Cad and Me. This piece was inspired by Str8lolly who is the Cad on the Msn 40+fun chat room. He proposes to all pretty women who enter. It is my dream painting where I want to be with a man! Did you notice that I had pinched Amazon’s thong like swimwear? Got to get a suntan on my buttocks too, you know!
5. Eagle. After painting a bright one, I wanted to have a go at a dark piece and fly away into the sunset.
6. Californian Condors. Yes they exist, I just love painting sunsets because I can make them up.
7. Buffaloes. I painted this for showing on the Discus Page Holland site, discus fish likes to eat beef heart and the 3rd bull, from the right, Mr Gormless asks ‘Hey, you discus lovers, what have you done with our hearts?’ The confident black one with the knobbly legs is me.
8. The Working Bull. This piece was inspired by my husband’s life in China back in the 1950s. Every morning he had to coax his bull to urinate into a pot, about 2 gallons of this liquid gold is much needed as a fertiliser and then it has to work in the paddy fields.
9. Fishing with Birds 1. I just love painting sunsets. There are 3 of these at the moment.
10. Fishing with Birds 2
11. Fishing with Birds 3.
12. Sunset with Boat 1. You may need sunglasses to view the next three.
13. Sunset with Boat 2. This was a commission piece painted for Mr Steven Punchard of Aquascope in Great Harwood for his Grand Opening on 9th and 10th August 2003.
14. Sunset with Boat 3. I liked the last one so I painted a similar. It should be called The Cad and Me Again, we are on our way to Shanghai. App. 60cm by 41cm.
15. The Working Bull 2. I have changed my palette! I was inspired by a lady who loves purple so this depicts another time of the day.
16. Working Bull 3. Yes, again! I can’t get this bull out of my head!
I have been doing a few small pieces in watercolour and the miniatures are in oils. They are some of the animals that are in danger of going extinct.
This is my little exhibition area in my shop.
More cute paintings for the children. A seal and he is having a nice dream.
Year 2003 – my paintings were rather romantic with beautiful sunsets. 2004 I devoted myself to painting cute animal subjects. Now moving onto 2005, I have started off pieces with a feeling of aggression and curiosity. Presently I want to paint more animals but make the viewer ask the questions – become intrigued. Here they are my series on Stalking.
With our silver wedding anniversary coming up, I have got that feeling of companionship so I am inspired by the ups and downs of a normal relationship. Here are my latest depictions of pairs of animals because I have a growing fan club of children.
I used these bird images as reference from photographs off my friend, Walter and improved the composition as paintings and this one below – makes me want to fall in love again!
This is another 4ft painting of two tigers -reference taken from different images.
Another big painting – and I told this cheetah to watch over my customers while I am cooking at the shop.