Last Thursday I spent a lovely day filming with Ellie Harrison and the BBC One Countryfile team. We looked at the inspiration behind my natural history artwork, visiting the wildflowers at Howardian Nature Reserve and the scientific collections behind the scenes at the National Museum Cardiff. Then we went back to my garden studio where Ellie and I had a go at making a celandine flower from beeswax. It was so interesting to meet such a professional team and see all the work that goes into the creation of a television programme. Tune in to see the whole Countryfile feature on BBC One, Sunday 2nd June at 7pm.
At the end of 2017 the foundations were dug and building work started on my new garden art studio. The build took longer than expected with delays over the winter months because of the wet and snowy weather. The Beast from the East and Storm Emma came and went, then when the weather finally dried up in March, my sliding glass doors were fitted. Since then I’ve painted the walls and the floor, moved my furniture in and organised all my art materials and books. I have a tiny wood burning stove called ‘The Hobbit’ inside the studio which belts out the heat on the cold days and a rain chain water feature outside under the eaves which makes the wet days more fun!
There are still some things to do, shelves to put up and the garden to rebuild but when that’s all complete I’ll be having an official opening celebration with family and friends. It’s a beautiful bright space where I feel inspired to create new things. I couldn’t be happier with it and I’m looking forward to many happy years of working here.