As soon as I started painting last year, I came up against the phenomenon of preciousness and I’ve been playing with it ever since. Preciousness raises its head as soon as I make my first mark on a big white sheet of stretched watercolour paper. This is often the most exciting bit – making a…

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I was born in 1963 and have spent 35 years working as an ecologist. It was only last year when, driven by illness (see previous blog), I took up painting seriously . What a glorious, exciting and stimulating adventure it is! But my career as an ecologist means that I have a lifetime of catching…

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Last year I was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS, or M.E.). It is debilitating – the energy has been sucked out of me and in return I am left feeling confused and disorientated (what doctors call “brain fog”). The climber, Mason Earle, recently likened the experience of living with CFS  to: “being a ghost.…

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Hello! Thanks for visiting my website. I plan to update this site each month – including new paintings and moving others to the archive page. This site will showcase the paintings that are most important to me, whilst my Instagram account smrpaintings documents ideas, sketches, experiments and hopefully progress. If you want to be kept…

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