Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) have launched their 2021 water quality report, exposing the sewage pollution destroying Britain’s beaches and rivers. SAS’s annual water quality report has found that water companies are increasing the discharge of harmful amounts of sewage into our seas and rivers, with devastating consequences for the environment and the health of all water-users. You can read the full story here.
This year, for the first time, SAS undertook their our own water quality testing. Investigated water quality at designated Bathing Waters and in rivers at locations where they flowed into the sea, to better understand how
river water quality might be impacting coastal beaches.
As a Northumberland SAS Rep, throughout the 2021 bathing season, I became a trained citizen scientist who carried out regular water quality sampling at Seaton Sluice where the river flow into the sea in close proximity to designated Bathing Waters. Samples were taken using an aseptic testing protocol developed by TH-Environmental with AquaGenX testing kit used to analyse the samples using the Most Probable Number (MPN) method. The AquaGenX MPN Kit simultaneously detects and quantifies Escherichia coli (EC) and Total Coliforms (TC) bacteria in a 100 mL sample.
The Magic of Tinned Fish cookbook is out now!
Reaching no.1 in the Amazon new release fish and seafood cooking.
How great do these swim shorts look?
I’m super excited to now be able to show you something I have been working on with RedFlag Swimwear.
This is the ‘Palau’ school of fish, and ‘Gerona’ underwater pebbles. Both designs were created as part of the new RedFlag, Nature Unleashed Collection, uniquely designed swim shorts, now available to purchase directly from the RedFlag website, www.redflag.com.co
A selection of my designs have been selected to be showcased on the Premizez Art page.
Premizez.com offer luxury real estate and their art pages help customers choice the perfect art for their new homes.
I'm busy painting a giant lighthouse as part of the
Light the North, lighthouse trail. Postponed this year the trail will be taking place spring/summer 2021 across the north-east of Scotland. All the lighthouses will then be auctioned off to support the Clan Cancer support.
The design is currently top secret but I'll be posting hints as it gets painted.
I'm so happy to see my tinned sardines postcard painting sold on the opening night in Myrtle Beach.
Artists all over the world donated paintings to raise money for the Horry County Disabilities and Special Needs charity
From the 5th August 2020 you can purchase a selection of my original
painted artworks from Artisanryco.co.uk
'In an overcrowded world of consumerism and mass-manufactured goods, the inspiration to create a platform for UK only artisans, crafters, and artists to be seen and to thrive, was overwhelming. Artisanry Co. is a grass root movement taking art and craft back to the heart of our communities. A unique proposition, developed to support the combined needs of the makers and their customers – a platform that works for the makers, whilst providing the mark of quality and authenticity for their customers.'
I've been busy working on a really exciting project with Ouseburn Farm creating an amazing 'Bee wall' in the foyer of the farm.
You can help support this important community charity by sponsoring one of the bees, designed by me for just £50.
The name of your choice will be added to the bee for all to see.
The first 100 bees are available to sponsor until 31st March 2020 and will be unveiled as part of a special launch event to celebrate the completion of their capital works and creation of a new events space.
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Excited to share a 2020 calander I have been working on with For the Love of the North
Bringing 12 North East creatives together to showcase the very best of where we live.
Can you find which month I created?
If you would like one, click here to purchase.
22nd August 2019 - 1st November 2019
My design has been kept secret but I can now show you 'Surf Dude'. He's big, he's blue and he has fabulous patterned durf shorts. He has been designed as part of the St Oswalds Elmer parade. Huge thanks to Intu Eldon Square for sponsoring and looking after Surf Dude through the summer at the Monument Newcastle entrance to Eldon Sqaure.
The farewell event is on 9-10/Nov 2019 after which the herd will be auctioned on 12/Nov 2019 raising money for St Oswalds hospic.
Photo credit to Lee Gibbins photography.
I'm absolutley thrilled to announce I've be chosen as one of the artist to paint an Elmer elephant as part of the St.Oswalds hospice Great North Parade.
The final design is a secret for now, but you'll be able to see my finished, painted Elmer from the 21st August until 1st November in Eldon Square, Newcastle.
I'm super excited to now be a
As an environmental artist, I'm constantly inspired by the sea on our doorstep. I draw and paint all the different fascinating species of marine wildlife we have around the UK. Learning more about the impact marine pollution is having on these vulnerable creatures, makes me passionate to find ways to help protect them.
We spend a huge amount of family time in the sea and at all beaches here along the Northumberland coastline.
Seeing the never-ending rubbish motivated me to volunteer as a Surfers Against Sewage Rep. Being involved with this movement we hope to educate and encourage our community to play a big part in helping to protect our seas.
Contact me to find out more
As part of the N18 artist development program, a short video of all the artists involved has been produced by Alan Fentiman.
The N18 initiative is funded through the Arts Council England's Ambition for Excellence scheme and supported by the digital expertise of the BBC.
My salmon painting has swum onto BBC arts home page.
The Hexham Salmon Experience is a new augmented reality project which is allowing nature lovers to see and find out more about Salmon in the River Tyne at Hexham, through a new interactive experience.
As part of the Great Exhibition of the North 2018’s N18 artists development programme I have been working with another N18 artist, local Hexhamtv news vlogger Peter Woods.
Using an original watercolour 2D painting of a Salmon, Peter had it converted into a 3D object and linked it to a scannable code.
A new exhibition board on the bank of the River Tyne near the Hexham boathouse promotes the project to local people and visitors. All you need to do to see the Salmon experience is download the Zappar App from your App store, head down to Tyne Green, and point your smartphone at the code on the sign.
You can see a video clip about The Hexham Salmon project here https://youtu.be/TwBZethL_C4
Peter plans to use augmented reality in future projects and any organisation wishing to talk to him about possible future projects should contact him through the Hexhamtv Facebook page or via email at Hello@Hexhamtv.com
This project has also now been publicised by the Hexham Courant
Click here to read 'Public art meets Augmented Reality'.
Salmon spawning jumps into the future 27 Sep 2018
A new augmented reality project is allowing nature lovers to see and find out more about Salmon in the River Tyne at Tyne Green Country Park in Hexham, through a new interactive experience.
Local Hexhamtv news vlogger Peter Woods has designed The Hexham Salmon Experience after he became one of 18 artists selected as part of the Great Exhibition of the North 2018’s N18 artists development programme.
Working with another N18 artist, Ali of Ali Elly Design, he took her 2D painting of a Salmon, had it converted into a 3D object and linked it to a scannable code.
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I have a series of sea life drawings in
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I am one of the selected 18 artists that took part in the Great Exhibition of the North's N18 Artist Development Programme funded through Arts Council England's Ambition for Excellent Scheme May-October 2018.
I'm super happy to have been shortlisted from hundreds of entries fro the Ken Bromley cover competition, please click on the image and vote for these 3 funny fish to win.
Great to see the list of amazing artists exhibiting at this years Alnmouth arts Festival.
After the success of last year I can't wait to be part of it all again in June!
I'm a featured artist in the latest blog post from Contrado!
I'm delighted to be one of the artists taking part in the Time and Tide Bell #200Fish Project. The project aims to bring stimulation of thought and conversation about humankind's relationship with the sea's, past and future. Referencing the issues of global warming, climate change, sea level rise, ocean acidification and over-exploitation.
I've painted the 162 Sand Goby, Pomatoschistus minutus, the 140 Meagra, Argyrosomus Regius and the 113 Twohorn sculpin, Icelus Bicornis. There is an exhibition of all the artworks created for this project in the planning, hopefully in Autumn 2018.
I'm delighted to announce that I am this months Art evolution featured artist.
A selection of my original nautical paintings are now for sale at ArtEvolution.co.uk
This website is a place reserved especially for talented female artists from around the world toshowcase and sell their art.
15th and 16th September 2017
I will be at this years Network Artist North East Art Fair,
at the Holy Trinity church, Jesmond.
Doors open on the Friday 15th at 6-8pm for a preview event.
Then Saturday 16th from 10am-4pm.
Such a fun day...big thank you to everyone who popped along to the Thought foundation to see my live painting event, 8th Sept 2017.
A collection of my original artworks will be on exhibition at number four galleries summer show from 15/16 July to 24th September.
You can now buy my original designs as wallpaper for your home or business.
A big thank you to everyone that came along to this years Alnmouth Arts Festival on the 17th and 18th June.