1987 - 1993
My career as a commercial Batik Artist really began with this, my most successful design of all time. 'Cat in the Moonlight has outsold all the other images across the entire product range. This painting happened by a piece of serendipitous magic and is now considered a family heirloom.
My first 'architectural' piece was one I was asked to do by Canterbury Cathedral. For this I developed a technique to portray the intricate details of the gothic stonework. The cathedral shop started selling cards, paperweights and prints, all reproduced from the original. Soon they were also stocking my entire range of titles.
Following the success of sales at Canterbury, the Department of Environment commissioned me to create architectural portraits of London's Royal Palaces. They bought the original back-lit Batiks and hung them in the various palace shops. This large one of Hampton Court Palace was made for an exhibition and I decided to keep it.
I was also asked to create several large original pieces for the Tower of London. This is the detail of the centre of a wheel on a carriage supporting a cannon at the Tower. It was reproduced as a paperweight sold in the Tower shop.
Nearly all my work is done on 100% cotton fabric. These two small pieces are among the few I have ever done on silk.
I was now designing for paperweights and my new Greetings Card range, which was launched at the Harrogate Craft Trade Fair in 1989. It was the amazing response to my work at this show that launched my commercial business and my newly formed limited company.
The demand for my greetings cards was growing and many of my originals were reproduced as cards.
The first of many trips to Venice with my mother began during these years and they have been some of the most inspirational times of my career.
My love of Venice and all things Venetian, with its beautiful colours, its reflections and its crumbling stonework has inspired a body of work of which I am really proud ...