MEET THE MAKERS
17 August 2018
BATH LIFE MAGAZINE : AUG 2018
"Home is where the heart is, so there’s no better place to create from. My daughter Peony Anise and I found a house large enough for all our big ideas within a secret garden, walled and full of magic. Our 10 bedroom home, a grade II listed manor house built circa 1730 and surrounded by a National Trust garden that's open to the public is Gallery Beautiful's HQ.
Our formal drawing rooms are showrooms, displaying our pieces in an elegant home setting, but most of the bedrooms have slowly become studio spaces. We have one for throwing paint around, one for delicate painting, one for photography, one for sewing and a workshop where we upholster and create our lampshades, and Peony has her own art studio.
The gardens are my joy, my solace, my inspiration. I try to start each day with a walking meditation in our garden noticing the detail of Mother Nature’s gifts. This moment of quietude and stillness brings peace to my whole day. Inspired ideas come from this peace.
To be an artist requires immense self discipline and focus; there’s no room for distraction when one is 'in the flow,’ so I relish working from home. Dreams are drawn to inspired action like fire flies fluttering against lit glass, all wanting to come in at once. Most lose patience and drift away, leaving only the very persistent ones to become."