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Well I never thought it would happen, but after years of trying I'm delighted to have finally had a piece selected for the RA Summer Exhibition 2023!!

'Gathering Dust' oil on canvas board 40cm x 40cm

The idea for it came to me around 3 years ago after washing all the yellow dusters at home - one of those lockdown chores to fill the day!!!

When I folded and stacked them they were a lovely subtle mix of yellows with flashes of the classic red thread. I know some came from my parents home after we cleared it and they had become much paler after many more years use than my own! So the pile migrated to my studio and I did the initial underpainting of them sitting on a dark reflective surface before putting it (and the dusters!) on one side to work on pieces for other exhibitions.

Late last Summer - two years later(!) I finally had the time to complete it and added the can of spray. The pile of dusters had been carefully kept the same and had indeed gathered lots of dust, as had my home!!

The Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy opens on 13th June and runs till 20th August

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Updated: Jan 29, 2023

Marie is delighted to have been selected as a finalist in the British Contemporary.Art Awards 2023 with her still life oil painting ‘Big Apple, Little Apple’!

The winner is decided by public vote and Marie would be very grateful for your vote!

If you would like to support her you can place your vote online at

Where you can also see the other excellent finalists

Voting closes on 29th Jan so get voting!

Thank you so much!

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Finished and framed!

These two brand new paintings are now available at my Oxfordshire Artweeks exhibition!

Exhibition open again today, Sunday 8th 12-6pm at SITE 107

In a wonderful venue located close to Shotover Car Park - just follow the signs!

for all info see either previous blog post or visit

Thank you to all who came yesterday and for such positive and lovely comments on my work ☺️🤗

I will be CLOSED tomorrow Monday 9th but then OPEN again Tues 10th - Sun 15th 12-6 each day

There is Trail of 20 fabulous Artweeks venues in Headington which I am part of so lots to see

Do come along!

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