Me, in Venice in glorious sunshine and very much in love with all I see.
I have been asked how I came to choose the painting on the cover of my new book which will be out this summer. There is a reason but probably not the obvious one.
As an artist I paint everything in sight. Nothing seems to flummox me as I will jump happily from painting portraits to animals in a heartbeat. Show me a flower and my heart will skip a beat as I race to capture that in watercolour too. Surrounded by gorgeous countryside landscapes appeal to me and as I travel so much the destinations always tease my eye in a way that I have to record them via my brushstrokes.
This presented a problem because for the cover of my book an image was needed that was appealing to other artists. If I chose a flower painting would that deter those who didn't enjoy painting florals? If I shared a portrait would that make the content seem too difficult for anyone who didn't understand my style and way of working. If you aren't interested in painting animals you could easily walk past a book with one on the cover.
And so a decision had to be made.
In my life of all the amazing countries I hve lived in or travelled to Venice has to be the most magical.as an artist following in masters footsteps. I had longed to go there for years. I have also longed to write a book on watercolour for the longest time.
The two dreams seemed to coincide in reality.
Venice for me was magical, I do hope my book is to those who read it!