spilling the beans …

It’s been a while since I posted, that time of year I suppose when we’re all hunkered down waiting for spring! However, I was recently taken on by an online gallery Singulart – who are based in France and whose remit is to promote contemporary artists from Europe (France, Germany and UK in particular) to new markets. They have just posted an online interview with me about my life in art, to their blog, which I thought you might find interesting to read.

The link to the full interview is here. Below is a snippet from it…

How did you find your voice as an artist?My earliest memory of art is of my first day at school, I would have been 5 years old, intently drawing marigold flowers in a work book. I can still see myself pressing the vivid green and orange crayons onto the page, forming the petals and stems…The Singulart blog also has interviews with other artists, giving glimpses into their lives and working processes, which you might also find interesting, so after you’ve read mine, why not explore!

art fair east …


Art Fair East 2015

Our stand at Art Fair East 2015

I’ve just had an exciting and enjoyable few days sharing a stand at the first Art Fair East, in the impressive setting of one of Norwich’s many ancient buildings … St Andrew’s Halls. 

It was great to meet so many friendly visitors, artists and gallery owners. Despite the glorious weather and the many charms of this beautiful medieval city, the public just kept pouring in. The opening night was particularly busy with a great buzz about it.

Art Fair East 2015

Art Fair East 2015 opening night

I shared the stand with artists Heather TamplinHelen HerbertAlan Mansfield and Gavin Morris. Although our artwork styles were very different and fitting the five of us into a rather tight space was a challenge, I think it came together well and thanks are due to the lovely Heather Tamplin for organising us all.

© Alan Mansfield

© Alan Mansfield

© Helen Herbert

© Helen Herbert

There was a great feeling of camaraderie among many of the artists, chatting and swapping contact details and tips. Amongst the many inspiring artworks I was really impressed by the landscape pieces of artists Alex McIntyre and Paul Hird in particular.

The organisers, Will Teather and Brian Korteling, both accomplished artists, did an amazing job in instigating and putting the whole fair together.

Art Fair East 2015

Art Fair East 2015


© Heather Tamplin

© Heather Tamplin


Gavin Morris's sculptural lights

Gavin Morris’s sculptural lights


Art Fair East, Norwich …

Art Fair East, Norwich, 4 to 7 June

I’m excited to be taking part in this new Art Fair for the East of EnglandAlong with Heather Tamplin, Helen Herbert, Alain Mansfield and Gavin Morris we will be sharing a large stand as The Collective, Norfolk.

A wide variety of artists, groups and galleries are lined up, so it looks like it’s going to be a special event. It’s my first Art Fair too, so wish me luck.

Norwich is a beautiful small ancient city and the fair is being held in its medieval heart, in the spectacular setting of St Andrew’s Hall, another reason to visit!

Private View is on Thursday 4th June 6-8.30pm

Email me at info@marifrench.com for a complimentary ticket which, if you print it out, (or show it on your phone at the door), will give you free entry all weekend.

Friday 5 June 10.30am to 8.30pm
Saturday 6 June 10.30am to 6.30pm
Sunday 7 June 10.30am to 5.00pm


The Halls, St Andrews Plain, Norwich, NR3 1AU
4 to 7 June 2015

Map, directions, further info