Here are some frequent questions I receive and their answers. Please contact me if you have other questions you would like to see posted here.
Do you use oil or acrylic paint?
A: I use oil paint. (Though I have done a few acrylic paintings in the past.)
What mediums do you use?
A: Depending on the painting and availability; I use Winsor Newton Liquin Original, Winsor Newton Liquin Impasto Gel and Winsor Newton Oleopasto.
What colours do you use?
A: I use mostly Schminke and Old Holland brands but I also use Winsor Newton and Georgian oil paints;
Titanium White, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Pale, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Red, Crimson Alizarin, Magenta (vivid pink), French Ultramarine, Phthalo Turquoise, Viridian Hue and Burnt Umber.
Other colours I like to use from time to time are; Yellow Ochre, Permanent Rose, Cerulean Blue, Quinacridone Magenta, Sap green and Cobalt Violet.
What is a cradled panel?
A: I love painting on board but I like the look of a deep edged canvas. So a cradled panel is basically a gessoed board with a deep edged wooden frame on the back, making it more sturdy and giving the look of a deep edged canvas. After I paint on the front I usually paint the sides white, put hanging wire on the back and it is ready to hang. I rarely frame my work. These wonderful cradled panels are made for me by my wonderful Father in-law and my husband.
Where is your studio?
A: My studio is in my home where I live with my lovely and very tolerant husband. It is actually in our dining room at the moment!
Do you always use a palette knife? I see there are some brush marks on some of your paintings.
A: When painting a large landscape with little detail I use the palette knife only. The same goes with small still life paintings. I use a mix of brush and palette knife on larger still life paintings, about 70% palette knife and 30% brush but that can change depending on how detailed I want the painting to be. The use of the brush also gives my wrist and elbow a break!