01 January 2024

1st February 2024

February is the Month of Love!

Whether you are single or in a relationship, we can all celebrate this Valentine’s Day with a little self-care and acceptance of ourselves and enjoy with generosity to others.
Black background with red heart and white highlights.
‘Did you clap for the NHS’: The painting is sold and only limited edition of 80 Giclee prints remain, ready in A3 size prints available on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Matt / 308gsm. A heavy-duty matt paper made of 100% cotton rag with a natural white tone and superb black saturation. £110.00 unframed with UK postage, Framed £250.00 with UK postage, or cards £3.50.


I would like to wish all my supporters, collectors and friends a very happy Valentine's Day, I would like to use the day to also think about loneliness because it is a "pressing health threat". Research has shown that loneliness is as bad for people's health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Equally, people who are lonely sometimes feel shame and associate loneliness with not being likeable. Of course this is not the reality.
A blue heart shape face on a blue background with gold and white outlines.
We are All Royal: Acrylic Painting for sale, 16"x20", £755.00 including postage. Also available as a Giclee print. A3 prints are available on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Matt / 308gsm. A heavy-duty matt paper made of 100% cotton rag with a natural white tone and superb black saturation.


Buy a print now£110.00 unframed Print with UK postage, Framed Print: £250.00 with UK postage.

As a disabled woman, an ethnic minority and working class, I have often been in that place where I have felt non-likeable. It is not a good place to be. Even when I was in this very dark hole, I still received Valentine's gifts. I remember one year I advertised in the editorial of the Student Union Rag mag at FE college, that I was waiting for my 12 red roses - that year I had over 20 bunches of red roses on my doorstep, and even more were dropped off to the market stall where I worked. I was 16, flattered and very honoured to receive such gifts, even if they were part in jest. The moral to this story is we don’t need any one to ask, we should just look around us and find a way to give as people need recognition.
To put my sixteen-year-old self in context, I had lost my father to cancer the year before after a 3 year illness, spent entirely in hospital; I had lost a school friend to glandular fever; my uncle to suicide; another uncle to Parkinsons disease; and so the list went on. My younger self was not protected from experiencing death, nor the questions of mortality that brings. Then later on in that same year my close friend Brian was stabbed to death in the street, for no reason other than he was saving someone else's life, as our friend Paul was wearing the wrong coat and the person wanted to kill him and not Brian. As a teenager this all had a very profound effect on me and shaped who I am. Today many young people just like me are dragged into the experience and the aftershock of such horrific and senseless acts. I want to express my sympathy to all who are unfortunately caught up in these horrific situations.


Make February about Love!


Colourful image of a tree and with a woman on the left opening up her chest and handing over her very oversized heart to her lover for safe keeping, due to her being at risk of suicide, she wants him to keep her heart safe.







‘Adam and Eve’: Acrylic painting £960.00 size  16 x 12 inches, or as Giclee prints A3 prints available on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Matt / 308gsm. A heavy-duty matt paper made of 100% cotton rag with a natural white tone and superb black saturation. £110.00 unframed with UK postage, Framed £250.00 with UK postage, cards £3.50





So let’s take the Valentine’s lead and make February about love, affection and compassion
I like to think about all the different forms of love and companionship, which can be with your pet as well as a human. Many people have companion pets. Children learn compassion and love with animals. We have a different love for our parents, our children, our friends, our relatives and then our lovers! That's a ‘whole lot of love’ but we all know life is complex and not all situations are harmonious, especially in families, so who would you most like to receive a card from – and who would you give a card to? It’s the acknowledgment that counts! Would you send a card to child who needs to know you care, an older relative who is now living alone? It’s a question, should Valentine’s Day just be about romantic love?
Two cats one ginger one grey sniffing each other on a brick wall
‘Sniffing You’: Cats acrylic painting size 81 cm x  61, 10cm deep  unframed, £1500.00 including postage or as a Giclee A3 print A3 available on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Matt / 308gsm. A heavy-duty matt paper made of 100% cotton rag with a natural white tone and superb black saturation.


Buy a Print now£110.00 unframed with UK postage, Framed £250.00 with UK postage.


So, February is supposed to be one of the coldest months of the year. As well as listening to our hearts beating drums, with all of those we love and treasure, we stay hibernated and keeping warm. 


So what other events can you come to? Here are there some other gifts I have that you could give? Have a look at my cushions, that bring and splash of life and vibrant colour into your home, made from faux fur, they are soft to touch and bring life into any room. I also have tea towels and aprons to that make your mouth water and become a talking point with all your friends and guests.



Cushions double sided made of faux fur, washable size 17 x17inches, these are print on demand, not mass produced, I have Red Sunflower, Peacock with Reflection, Bird feeding. All £40.00 plus postage.









Photo Credit: Mish Aminoff Moon 
My Apron One of these days is 100% cotton ,washable, made on demand. Buy it now for £36.99 including postage
I also have some special message cards, that I think really work for a Very Happy Valentine’s Day, you can buy direct from me by popping round to my house gallery in SE5, from my website or from the Museum and Bethlem gallery shop and Sprout Gallery.

My February 2024 events:

Group Show Mirror Mirror, 1st- 29th February preview Friday 9, 7-9pm 


Meet all the Artists at our launch night, the Paxton Centre, 52 Anerley Hill, London SE19 2AE, Telephone: 0208 659 4701


Celebrating Southwark TV Festival, with a Solo Show, 


From 13-18 February 2024 open 10-8 pm at Theatre Peckham, an award-winning cultural venue, at 221 Havil St London SE5 7SB T: 020 7708 5401. I will be showcasing my portraits of Dame Jane Campbell of Surbiton, Sue Elsegood and Jess Thom amongst others. I hope you come and enjoy my ability to capture their energy, as a painter it is important for me not to paint a photo, but bring out the dynamism of a person’s spirit.

On Tuesday 13 Feb: From 12.30-2.30pm I will be running a Largactyl Shuffle, a guided walk which were set up in 2006 and became part of a long tradition of Southwark Walks that tells stories led by people dealing with mental health, relating our journeys, and where we live to our connection with our environment and history. This is the first of a number of Mental Health strands running through the week. The venue for the start of the walk: Theatre Peckham, 221 Havil Street SE5 7SB ending at Dene Community Centre, 95a Meeting House Lane, SE15 2TU
Thursday 15, 2-4pm talks Mental Health Forum- with guests artists Dolly Sen and Kym Winstanley, Theatre Peckham, 221 Havil Street, SE5 7SB 
St Valentines Day, 54 The Gallery, Shepherds market Mayfair, London W1J 7QX Dates TBC 
Sprout secret postcard fundraising exhibition from 27th February to 9th March 2024 is fast approaching and we need as many people as possible to join in, so pick up a postcard today. Anyone and everyone of all ages and skills can take part! We will sell every postcard for £5 each - mini art at a mini price., with members getting first choice at a special Preview event, you can choose and take them away immediately this year too and as always, the most exciting part is the ‘secret’ part - you don’t find out who created the artwork you’ve chosen until you buy it! To make it fair we limit to a max of 5 per person per visit. This fun, annual event raises much needed funds for Sprout. We are a community, not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers. 
My debut as a backing singer with Meg Lee Chin and "The Pop Butchers." This ever-changing line-up includes Temple of Ideas members Michelle Baharier, Anela Takac, we are performing at Raincall Bar 21 Bateman St, London W1D 3AL from 8pm £5

Spring and Summer 2024

March 2024 
'Festivities', group exhibition with SHARP gallery at Durning library,167 Kennington Lane, London SE11 4HF on Saturday March 2nd 2024. 
‘Free’ Group show at Brixton Library with Red Orange gallery, Private View on Thursday 7th March, 6-8pm. Show open from 7th-30th March. Brixton Oval, London SW2 1JQ
April – May 2024 
‘Compassion’ Group show with South London Women Artists – at Marylebone Church from 25th April – 30th May, 17 Marylebone Road London NW1 5LT 
June 2024 
Group show with South London Women Artists at the Paxton Centre, 52 Anerley Hill, London SE19 2AE, Tel: 0208 659 4701 
Open House Solo show and Stall at Camberwell Arts week on Camberwell Green

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