As an artist, illustrator and printmaker, I have lived and worked around east London for over 25 years. Currently working between home and my Brick Lane studio, I enjoy the constant buzz and energy of my East London surroundings and am inspired by the buildings and streets, with all their changing views, angles and shapes.
This pen and watercolour drawing was done during the First Lockdown in 2020, as Spring started to turn into Summer, while a feeling of sunny optimism seemed to overlay the upheaval caused by the Pandemic, and we were clapping on Thursdays for the Carers. Drawn on site from my front door in Colvestone Crescent, Dalston it makes me somehow nostalgic for that time of community togetherness, plant swapping, food donating, and the feeling of all being in it together.
I have always felt very fortunate to have this view, and it was even more of a blessing during Lockdown, as I could see life going on, and have always felt that it has helped me to stay connected with the outside world. With St. Mark’s Church (known as the Cathedral of the East End), the tall Victorian houses and plenty of trees, it instils in me a sense of peace, even when there’s plenty of activity and noise going on in the street. Its proximity to Ridley Road Market ensures a regular stream of human activity and bustle.
Buildings and streetscapes have long been my inspiration and I exhibit widely around east London.
St Mark’s Church from Home watercolour on paper, framed
Size: 35cm h x 46cm w
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