Fiona Spirals

Fiona lives in the village of Higham, Kent, UK, near the ancient St Mary’s Church, with its thousand years of history and this is what inspires her. ‘Although’, she says, ‘I’m not religious; I love St Mary’s, which stands on a slight hill that drops away towards the marshes & the Thames’. Fiona walks the marsh with her camera & sketch book which focuses her attention and allows her to capture details and textures for her collages. Fiona’s inspiration always comes from nature, being drawn to places were there are not many people. What she loves about the marshes at Higham is the wildlife, the grasses, the water, the wide expanses, the ever-changing tidal mudflats, the relics of old wooden piers and ships, and the big, big sky. On foot and in her kayak she has explored the landscape of Higham, Medway and the Thames for over 30 years. She is also inspired by travels to distant places such as New Zealand.
As an artist, these landscapes never fail to inspire her to create collages with dramatic contrasts, but full of hidden elements. This is why she loves collage – She smuggles in tiny images within the whole piece. She creates the work in her ‘Crow’s Nest’ studio at the top of the house.