I moved to Norfolk to fulfil a lifetime’s ambition to live by the sea and discovered that a whole world of entertainment harking back to the 1950s also exists here. There is the end of pier show in Cromer, the Water Circus in Great Yarmouth and the gaudy exuberance of the penny arcades and the pinball machines.
A walk along the promenade in Great Yarmouth sees below the facades of grand, but shabby Victorian edifices, a continuous stream of flashing lights and thunderous music highlighting arcades with names like Flamingo, Golden Nugget, Caesars Palace and the Mirage.
“Chequerboard Challenge” is inspired by the wonderful artwork and colours of the pinball machines that can be found in these palaces of glitz and gaudiness – living relics of a simpler and more innocent world of seaside holidays comprising of fish and chips, donkey rides and candy floss.
PADDLE ON THE BEACH” & “JUMPING THE STREAM”
I moved to Norfolk six years ago to fulfil a lifetime’s ambition to live by the sea. As a result, my work has become increasingly dominated by both the land and seascapes that surround me.
I am enveloped by dramatic waves , huge and fast moving skies, verdant forests and vistas of undulating fields. I am fascinated by the relationship that we have with these elements whether it be the crab fishermen who have brought in their catch for generations, the annual holidaymakers returning to well known haunts, or the architecture that we impose on the landscape from dominant churches to offshore wind farms.
My intention in developing these pieces is to create unique and originals works of glass and mixed media art that are affordable, unusual and a delight to the eye.