News 2017

I have just delivered two fascinating commissions for a dolls house and miniature collector which I greatly enjoyed doing.
Shown below - one is a Dutch style still life with fruit, flowers and glassware, the frame is shortly going to be gilded, and the other an equally tiny piece painted to look like embroidery which will be used in a miniature firescreen.
Both pieces are to be displayed in a beautiful historically accurate Tudor style house, just one of the owners wonderful dolls houses and room settings.
The more conventionally sized mouse and blackberries will join two owl miniatures of mine on the walls of her fascinating house.


Two of the six miniatures shown at the recent Royal Miniature Society Exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London.
All of the paintings are on vellum and measure 2" square.

I also have a commission from a client in New York who is a great Anglophile so am currently working out how to get as much 'Englishness' into a 2" square painting as is humanly possible!

All three books in the Midsummer Mouse series by Barry Thornton are selling very well with a number of the sold old first edition popping up on book sites with an asking price of £75. Of course, whether they achieve that remains to be seen, but it's nice to think some people out there think they are worthy of that amount of money!

The Great Secret Project with an old school friend is racing ahead and we are cautiously optimistic that our part of it will be completed by the autumn. What happens after that we will have to wait and see, but the whole thing has been the greatest fun and a very welcome diversion for me from my usual work.
It's been nice to have a challenge that takes me in a very different direction and nice too to return to my painting with renewed enthusiasm after a creative break.

B and W Thornton of Stratford upon Avon have a good range of new work by myself including these two small paintings on vellum, a new set of miniatures based on the poetry of Thomas Hardy, and the lion and tiger shown below.

The Anita Emmerich Presentation Award 2016

I was delighted to have won the Anita Emmerich Presentation Award at the RMS Annual Exhibition in October 2016.
The exquisite solid silver, gold plated magnifying glass shown above, is engraved with the RMS logo, my name and date of the award and was made by master gold and silversmiths, Padgham and Putland. Their website is well worth visiting to read about their incredible work and to see examples of commissions.

The award was for my miniature painting on vellum of. 'When candels be out', one of a set of six pieces inspired by old sayings and folklore. The borders and calligraphy on the paintings were loosely based on Tudor manuscripts and artwork - the result of several wonderful trips to stately and domestic houses of the period which sent my imagination off in a different direction and proved the inspiration for the set.

As always I welcome commissions from clients wishing for something created specifically to their requirements, and already in 2017 have some interesting and unusual requests which will challenge me. 


Some commissions from 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed painting an interpretation of a favourite poem as a surprise 70th birthday gift from two daughters to their mother.
She was taught ‘Les Elfes’ in French at school. It is a poem that holds a special place in her heart and memories and she still fondly recites it to this day. As it was a special gift for a very special occasion, I hand painted an illuminated dedication to attach to the back of the painting – something I like to do for all commissions.
I completed the piece back in the spring and, once the painting was delivered, the daughters had to keep the secret until the day of the birthday at the end of July.
I received this lovely email in thanks -

‘Mum ... was hugely surprised and absolutely delighted with it. She kept saying it was ‘really special’ and couldn’t believe it, and when she turned it over and saw the dedication she was completely blown away when she realised it was just for her.
One of the first things she said is that she can’t wait to show it to her school friends and how she wished her French teacher was still around to see it.
Thank you again for painting such a wonderful gift to give. it will be very much loved’.

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