Hi there,

Easter has been and gone, another page marker in a year that is flying along.  I have been so busy working, framing and getting this collection of paintings ready to show you. I have also been applying for exhibitions and competitions – if you follow me on social media you will know that to my absolute delight, the Royal Academy have shortlisted one of my paintings for this year’s Summer Exhibition. ‘Ever Mine, Wimbledon Common’ (above) will be making its way to Piccadilly in May to be seen by the selection panel and hopefully chosen for the show. There’s a story I heard recently, which resonated and I thought I would share with you.

“There was once a little boy, and all he wanted for his birthday was a butterfly. And so, his parents gave him a butterfly net, and he was so excited. He just went outside in the sun and started swinging and swinging. But with no luck, he sat down on the ground. He finally let go, and he surrendered. And he was okay that he wasn’t going to capture this beautiful butterfly. And right when he did is when the butterfly came and landed right on the tip of his nose.” And this painting, ‘Ever Mine’ is my butterfly.

In other news, I have completed these three big pieces, and am so happy with how they have turned out. Now I have to figure out how I’m going to find room to get everything on the wall in the upcoming Wimbledon Art Fair, on 9-12 May. It will be a squeeze!

Hope you are relishing the longer days and the early spring, the blossom is so beautiful down my way.

Bye for now,