In the midst of this fabulous British heat wave, I am reminded of the long summer days of my childhood spent on Porthmeor Beach in St.Ives with my family. Clearly I’m not the only one with the summer holidays in mind, as I’m thrilled that my Cornwall print featuring this famous surfing beach continues to be my current best seller! (available at

I come from a family of artists, and St.Ives with its strong artistic community has always felt like a second home to me. The luminous pale sandy beaches, picture-perfect fishing harbour, and fantastic quality of light, continue to be a real draw for art-lovers and tourists from around the world.

In my potted guide to St.Ives, I would truly recommend a visit to the St.Ives Museum, which is run by a committed team of local volunteers. This treasure trove holds numerous collections of fascinating local artifacts, which give an excellent overview to the rich history of the town.

For a drink and a bite to eat, you can’t beat the Porthgwidden Beach Café, situated overlooking the small-but-perfectly-formed Porthgwidden Beach. On a recent visit, we enjoyed a feast of beautifully cooked local fish, washed down with a glass of chilled white wine, whilst gazing out to sea.

My last recommendation has to be a visit to Tate St. Ives, which has an ever-changing programme of contemporary and historic art exhibitions, catering for all artistic tastes. This iconic, local architectural landmark overlooks the fabulous Porthmeor Beach which, as I mentioned before, was central to my Cornish summer holidays - and now my own children’s! After a day spent taking in local history, food and culture, I can think of nothing better than watching the surfers tackling the awesome Atlantic waves, as the sun sets over Clodgy Point.

Returning swiftly back to Sussex, I’m delighted to say that my brand new studio is almost complete and ready to move into - I’ll look forward to sharing photos soon.

That’s all for now, I hope you enjoy the heat wave and happy summer dreaming...