PAINTINGS 1968 – 1969
“I think my interest in architecture, geometric forms and relationships influenced my approach and in each painting these aspects, rather than the subject itself, were what interested me most.”
In April 1969, following 18 months of work in my studio, I had an exhibition of paintings. It was my first one-woman show.
Preparing for the exhibition I followed the working pattern that had been encouraged at the Gallery School – developing the subject first in an accurate study drawing, then translating this into a painting – each painting taking a week, or more for larger works.
I think my interest in architecture, geometric forms and relationships influenced my approach, and in each painting these aspects, rather than the subject itself, were what interested me most. I chose subjects from around me because I knew no other way to work.
When I exhibited these paintings in 1969 and saw them hanging together, my verdict was: this is the best I can do at this particular time; it has been a starting point, but it’s not the direction I anticipate my work will follow in the future.