The project was put out to tender and artists were invited to submit proposals; this is the original sketch of my idea for the panel.
Style and influences
I am inspired by the way artists in the past represented people, animals and plants in old manuscripts and stained glass, and in carved stone. I love the direct simplicity of folk art designs and the way the artist’s humour and the subjects’ zest for life comes through even though they may have been drawn 500 years ago. I hope I can capture this sense of enjoyment and fun in the contemporary panel.
Other influences include the paintings of Pieter Bruegel, with many small dramas going on as part of the big picture, and Grayson Perry’s tapestries showing contemporary life layered with references to past history.