A Short History of Early Lace

Although we may now think of wedding dresses and lingerie when we think of lace, in the 17th century lace was not associated with either. And yet the 17th century was one of the heydays of lace. Lace was a…

Lace in Fashion

The Fashion Museum in Bath has an exhibition on titled ‘Lace in Fashion’. If you know anything about my work you would have guessed I had to go and see this one. What bigger and more interesting topic could there…

The Lace used in Three Pearls

My painting Three Pearls went to a new home recently. I am very pleased that a wonderful couple has purchased this painting to hang in their beautiful historic home. They asked if I could tell them a little bit about…

Collecting Lace

I have always liked painting textures as realistically as I could. To be able to paint water or the texture of stones, feathers, skin or hair offers endless technical challenges, each different on its own. Along the way I developed…

The 10 Best Lace Paintings

Who are the best lace painters in history? I am not sure I can answer that question but I do look into art history to find inspiration for my own work. When I focus on painted lace I automatically end up in the 17th century (that might just be me). That is the first century in which lace was hugely popular and so was a realistic style of portrait painting.

Inspiration for The Shawl

When I first saw the Maiden in Contemplation online I was really taken by its softness and stillness. I did not know anything about the artist, Gaston la Touche (1854 – 1913) and must admit I still don’t. Sometimes I don’t feel the need to…