As a child I would escape into the fields nearby and when I eventually had a home of my own, I continued to gravitate outdoors to appreciate the different living qualities offered by a more natural environment. Botany had become an interest by my teenage years, but now realise that I am more attracted to the forms, colours and aesthetic qualities of my surroundings, rather than a pure quest to understand function.
Throughout the past decades, I have continued to be gravitationally drawn towards gardens whether at home or away. Alongside being attracted by beauty, changes and developments in the garden, I would now describe the attraction as being somewhat more spiritual, regarding aspects of wellbeing.
I am intrigued by my not being interested in other people’s ‘domestic’ gardens, whilst I seek out the experience of visiting reclaimed Victorian walled gardens. Their sense of seclusion, attention to detail and the evidence of the passing of time offers endless fascination
In my practice I am drawn to the following:
• Plants, their forms, strengths, varieties, purposes and their growth.
• How the senses are affected by colour, fragrance, shape, silhouette, textures, tastes and sounds.
• The effects of the natural environment and time on the cultivated landscape and its flora.
• Natural and contrived structures and their purposes (and or effects), within the garden.
• The different purposes for which we use gardens, whether functional for food production, for aesthetic experiences, leisure or play.
My practice is my garden. It is a family garden with small areas dedicated to my investigations, but always, always constrained by nature and family functions!