Shells have been a reccuring theme in my painting and recently I have tried to create a series of paintings taking my ideas further each time. I have particularly interested in how the shells change over the passing of time and the wonderful shapes that they make. I have used vertial lines in many of the paintings to represent the passage of time, sometimes fast and sometimes slow. In some pictures I have layered the colours like the layers of growth on the shells over time trying to give that aged look. In contrast to this I have used bright colours to signify the Summer cheer of deck chairs and days on the beach. The sun shining on things often makes them look golden and so I have introduced gold paint and gold leaf into my work. The gold also signifies the happiness I feel while beach combing.