insideKENT Magazine Issue 63 - June 2017 - Page 33

shapes of flower and foliage in a garden border, or rocks, waves, splashes, waterfalls, and snowflakes, or to describe the surface of a drystone wall, the structure of a clump of bracken, a bank of reeds, or a gnarled, twisted tree. It’s the South East Open Studios exhibition this month. Can you tell us a little about it? Now coming up to its 21st year, this event involves over 250 artists opening their studios to visitors over three weeks in June, from 9th to 25th. I have been taking part for 12 years, and I have always shared a studio with friends Felicity Flutter and Louisa Crispin, which works well for us. We are open from 17th to 25th. There is a free guidebook which gives details for each artist, area by area, throughout Kent and East Sussex, with opening times and maps. This information is also available on the website What has been your proudest artistic achievement to date? There have been a few brilliant moments over the years, such as having one of my best engravings exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer exhibition and seeing it covered in dozens of red spots, the whole edition sold out. Another was being invited to demonstrate at Art in Action at Waterperry in Oxfordshire, and having people queueing up to talk to me. What does the rest of 2017 hold in store for you? I have a busy time coming up with lots of events for the rest of the year, I have been invited to be a guest artist at the Pilgrims Way art exhibition at the tithe barn in Lenham in May, then SEOS in June, and three craft shows with the Sussex Guild in late summer and autumn, along with one or two group exhibitions one with Guildford Arts in July, and Kent Painters in October. I will try and fit some engraving in between. 33