I am a painter, with a background in Textile Design and Ceramics
I have a 1st Class BA Hons from Bristol Art School.
I was very lucky to be able to attend art school in the eighties, a great time for universal access to art education.
Standards were very high- .all my fees and materials were paid for and there was a freedom to experiment helped by lecturers who were leaders in their field like Mo Jupp and Wally Keller.
After a course in Textile Print and and a short time as a freelance textile designer I set up my own Textile Design Studio in Clerkenwell London.
The studio was called Digby Morton Designs and we worked with Liberty, Monsoon, Laura Ashley, Calvin Klein, Nicole Farhi and Cerrutti among others .
The designs were characteristically experimental and painterly and became sought after with clients in Japan,New York and Paris and London.
After a relocation to North Norfolk the natural and effortless move to painting began.
I now work from my North Norfolk home / Studio creating vibrant florals stilllifes and seascapes.
Pattern , colour and texture all play a large part in my paintings a - throwback from my past as a textile designer and ceramicist.
In my floral paintings I work closely from the seasons, beginning with Hellebores , Cherry Blossom and Snowdrops through to the last Winter Rose or Hollyhock.
I paint the seascapes of the North Norfolk Coast on my doorstep inspired by the expansive skies and unique Marram Grass covered dunes of this amazing place.
The Norfolk landscape glimpsed through Pine or Silver Birch Trees are one of my latest themes.
Always I have used elements of collage and gold leaf in my paintings to create a painting surface with a mosaic and multi - faceted feel.
I use techniques of layering and scraping back to create texture that results in paintings that are vibrant, luminous and full of interest.
In my work creative freedom is important . I am thankful I can paint everyday and so creativity is part of my life .
If people feel happy looking at my paintings then I have achieved something I was hoping for.
I have recently worked with the amazing Aquarelle Publishing who now produce a range of Limited Edition Prints of my paintings . They represent many great artist including Mary Fedden and Quentin Blake - so I am in good company.
My exhibition history is long and varied so here are so of the highlights :
Affordable Art Fair, Battersea London with Lena Boyle Fine Art
Affordable Art Fair Hampstead London
London Art Fair, Islington
Edinburgh Art Fair with Moy Mackay Gallery
Cambridge Art Fair with The Fogell Gallery
Art For Cure, Glenham Hall