It is strange - that now I am living about 5 minutes away from the beach how little sea imagery is in my work.
However - when I was living away from the sea - my work was about the sea. I missed it so ......
In 1988 - when I was doing my City and Guilds in Creative Embroidery. My part two theme was "the sea". One of my major pieces was a coat, which had seaweed and sea horses as decoration.
My father - who lived by the sea, sent me regular parcels of sea weed - so that I could draw it. How brave was the post man who delivered it!
Then in 1998 I was doing a lot of shows and exhibitions - the sea and all things watery, featured strongly in my work - again I was living a long way away from it and missed it a lot.
However here I am now - returned to my soul home, and prompted by Vivian I am pulled once more towards the sea.
The joy of having a theme that returns time and again over the years (decades) is that you have the opportunity to revisit the theme with new eyes and new perspective.
During Part 2, City and Guilds - my sea themes were large.
In 1998 my sea images had a melancholy - which perhaps reflected where I was in my life at that time.
And now - 20 years down the line - although the water and the boats appear from time to time - I am edging towards doing another body of significant work around the sea and my life beside it.