The Illuminate Light Festival
The Bobtail Squid has an incredible symbiotic relationship with a colony of bioluminescent bacteria. They protect the squid by matching the moonlight from above, this counterillumination hides the squid from predators below. The bacteria do not shine until there are enough of them to make a bright enough light.
This interactive artwork invited the audience to add their fingerprint in neon paint to the squid. A fingerprint, a pledge to protect their world, as each bacterium helps to protect their squiddy world. If enough of us work together we can protect our world.
Sponsored by Plymouth Play Scrapstore and Plymouth Octopus Project
This mural was inspired by the Scrapstore; the incredible community who run it, their compassion, their love for a lost member of their community, their work in redistributing resources, the network of others they work in harmony with, trying to bring our human activities to a place where we can live in line with nature.
Ants: Enthusiastically social insects, ants typically live in structured nest communities headed by a queen or queens. Through the collection and transport of organic material, ants play a vital role in the redistribution of nutrients around ecosystems.
Looking in the gutter below this wall and you can see them going about their business. Ants and other small insects, which we often overlook, are a vital part of our ecosystem. Their gathering activities redistribute resources, saving them from being wasted. They collect and bury seeds which can then sprout. Like the Scrapstore you will see them busily gathering materials, nurturing their community and planting seeds of creativity and hope.
The Scrapstore salvages materials which would be buried needlessly as landfill or incinerated, adding to our environmental problems. We need to re-think our human ways. If we keep producing and buying new things where do they all go in the end? Do we need them at all? Could we re-use something else? Simplicity is beautiful, less is more, it boosts creativity, imagination and freedom.
This mural is also born from a collaboration of small eco-minded groups brought together by a Plymouth Octopus Project opportunity. Plymouth Scrapstore, Art and Energy, Clean Our Patch, Rebel Botanists, Precious plastic Plymouth and Tavistock, Seadream Education, Pollenize. All groups working to make a difference to our environment and reduce our human impact on nature.
Salisbury Road Primary School
Educational, engaging, bright and cheerful!
Where does our food come from? This primary school dining room follows a bean's journey through the seasons, from pollination to harvest. Showing life above and below ground with fun details to find.
Bigbury Village Hall
Celebrating biodiversity and cauliflowers!
This exterior mural on Bigbury village hall showcases the diversity of life found locally and cauliflowers which are an important local crop. In the background is Burgh Island, famous for it's Art Deco hotel, inspiration for Agatha Christie novels and notable guests such as the Beatles and Edward and Mrs Simpson.
Exeter Nightingale Hospital
The Flower Wards
Exeter Nightingale hospital is a 166 bed emergency overflow hospital set up to care for patients with coronavirus. The hospital sits within a building, previously a DIY superstore, on the outskirts of Exeter. I was commissioned to paint calming, uplifting murals depicting the flowers, which are the ward names, at the entrance to each ward. I chose local scenes and worked with colours and landscapes which are felt to have health benefits. I painted intuitively, including particular animals and features which I personally find strongly hopeful and uplifting.
Priscilla the May-flower of Plymouth
Gerties, Plymouth PL12NR
Work in progress
The story of Priscilla Mullins
I have lived in Plymouth, UK, for almost 20 years and love the city's rich history. I have drawn inspiration for this mural from the romantic story of Priscilla Mullins and my own love of the sea.
Priscilla Mullins sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 with her parents and brother Joseph. During the first long, hard winter, both her parents and brother died leaving her orphaned in a strange land as a pretty young woman of around 18. Her Father left her a small fortune in shoes!
It is said that Captain Myles Standish, who had just lost his wife, then fell in love with Priscilla and asked his friend John Alden to propose to her for him. However, she refused the proposal instead asking him “John why don’t you speak for yourself?”. John Alden, the Mayflower’s cooper (barrel maker and mender), was supposed to return to England but instead decided to stay in America and married Priscilla in 1622 or 1623. Priscilla and John Alden had at least ten children, and an enormous number of descendants.