Artist living and working on Guernsey...
I am artist living and working on the beautiful Channel Island of Guernsey. I am married and mother of two adult sons.
We moved to Guernsey in 2011 after having sailed to Brazil on our 37ft Sweden Yacht, the family adventure ended in near tragedy with my husband Richard being hit by an enormous wave on the beach and breaking his neck. Having made a remarkable recovery we now live in a beautiful listed Guernsey Farmhouse on the north of the island, and have converted an old barn into my beautiful studio, Clock Barn Studio.
Our home is opposite L’Ancresse Common, a haven of wild flowers, butterflies and bees, and a short walk from two contrasting beaches, one a beautiful sandy bay and the other atmospheric and rugged.
My inspiration is on my doorstep….
2020 The Coach House Gallery, Guernsey The Art of Nature on Paper.
2019 The Clock Barn Studio, Guernsey
2017 Sula Gallery, Guernsey
2016 Exhibition at the Digital Greenhouse, Guernsey
2015 Bridget @ Bonsai, St Sampsons, Guernsey
2014 Guernsey Picture Framers
2013 Artist in Residence, Gate House Gallery, Guernsey
2009 Spindrift Gallery, Lymington, Hants
2008 Spindrift Gallery, Lymington, Hants
The Little Big Draw at William Gilpin School and Spindrift Gallery
2007 Spindrift Gallery, Lymington, Hants
2020 Flexagon, The Greenhouse Gallery, Guernsey
2019 The International Island Games Art Residency, Gibraltar
2019 The Guernsey Art Network Open
2019 Purple Coach House Gallery, Guernsey
2018 Bath Society of Artists, Victoria Gallery, Bath
Reflections on Occupation, The Greenhouse Gallery, Guernsey
Yellow Exhibition, the Coach House Gallery, Guernsey
2017 Art Foundation Launch, Government House, Guernsey
Exhibition with Bo Pollock and Hayley Mallett, Sula Gallery, L’Islet
2016 168th Open Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
Skipton Art Festival, Greenhouse Gallery, SPP, Guernsey
Skipton Art Festival, Royal Terrace, SPP, Guernsey
2014 LOVE Exhibition, Gate House Gallery, Guernsey
Guernsey, The Greenhouse Gallery, North Esplanade, Guernsey
2010 Paper Planes, Southampton City Art Gallery
2009 10th St Barbe Open Exhibition, St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, Hants
Lymington Palette Club, Masonic Hall, Lymington, Hants
Solent Scenes at Camellias, Everton Garden Centre, Lymington, Hants
New Forest Show
Hampshire Open Studios
2008 156 Autumn Exhibition Royal West of England Academy
Lymington Palette Club Exhibition, Masonic Hall, Lymington, Hants
The Palette Club at St Barbes Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington.
Indian Summer at Camellias, Everton Garden Centre, Lymington.
New Forest Show
The New Forest Art Trail
Brockenhurst College Summer Exhibition
2007 Hampshire Open Studios
The Meeting House Arts Centre, Ilminster, Somerset
New Forest Show (Medal Winner)
New Forest Art Trail
Litchfield Artists Fundraising Auction
2006 Best of Hampshire Artists, Hilliers Arboretum, Romsey, Hants
Hampshire Open Studios
The Meeting House Summer Exhibition, Ilminster, Somerset
The Palette Club Exhibition, Stanwell House, Lymington, Hants
Brockenhurst College, Summer Exhibition
The Art of Pattern, Southampton City Art Gallery
2005 Hampshire Open Studios
Spring Collection, The Saltgrass Gallery, Lymington, Hants
2011 Spinneygreen at RSYC Clubhouse at Gins Farm, Beaulieu, Hampshire
2008 Spinneygreen at RSYC Clubhouse at Gins Farm, Beaulieu, Hampshire
2005 Spinneygreen at RSYC Clubhouse at Gins Farm. Beaulieu, Hampshire
2020 Artist Talks, 7 Nocturnes East, St James, Guernsey
Artist workshops, Exploring the Intertidal Zone, Autumn Themed Still Life St James Community Art Festival.
2018 Helen Allen, Chelsea School of Botanical Art, Clock Barn Studio
Childrens Workshops, Magical Days, Floral Guernsey
Guest Editor, Oscar Pearson Breakfast Show, BBC Radio Guernsey
Workshops for Children Magical Days, Floral Guernsey
2017 Adult workshops at Sula Sula Gallery, L’Islet
2014-2016 Co-ordinator/Curator Skipton Art Festival 2016 2016 Workshops for Children Magical Days, Floral Guernsey
Co-ordinated Pictures for Care Home Nouvelle Maritaine, St Sampsons
2013 – 2014 Artist in Residence Elizabeth College, Guernsey
2010 John Skinner Workshop, Emily Ball Studio, Brighton
2009 Whole School Collages, William Gilpin CofE School
Seascapes Workshops Emily Ball Studios, Brighton
2008 Drawing the Head, Emily Ball West Dean College
Printing With Light, Ruth Oaks Poole Printers
Life Drawing Course
Medal winner, Art Tent New Forest Show
2009 John Skinner Workshop, Emily Ball Studio, Brighton
2008 The Big Draw, Senses. William Gilpin CofE School and Spindrift Gallery
2007 Tsunami Fund Raiser, William Gilpin CofE School
2004 Helen Theobald Contemporary Painting Class, Lymington
2004 Onwards Artist Bridget Spinney
1996-1998 Secondary Art and Design Teacher Martin Kemp Welch School, Poole
1994-1995 Secondary Art and Design Teacher Cowplain School, Portsmouth
1991-1993 Jewellery Designer Bridget Reilly Design
The Art of Nature on Paper
My current body of work is titled “The Art of Nature on Paper”
Having spent much of my life beside the sea or on the sea, beaches have become an obsession of mine. Moving to Guernsey, which has some of the strongest tides in the world the patterns and nature of the intertidal zone have become a fascination.
I began using conventional methods of painting the beach views and patterns, then moved to texture paste to try and recreate them in relief, and even making worm casts from string.
Never quite being able to capture the amazing, transient patterns when the tide receded, I decided to print directly print off the beach, using charcoal powder as it has to have little or no detriment to the environment.
I just love the raw quality of the prints which still seem to retain the very essence of the sea.
The work is mostly monochrome, framed and on 220 gsm quality cartridge paper, I am just making forays onto canvas.
Acting as a facilitator to nature, trees that draw and paint in the wind, the meanderings of top shells as they munch their way across the paper, I find the possibilities are endless…