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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 teenage 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….

EXHIBITIONS

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

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

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…