2009 : t a n i a . r o l l o n d As I lean over the wheel, magpie songs swell outside and then flood through the open door. As my pencil searches for a line, the lightning flash of a rosella cuts across the window. As I take up my paintbrush, a passing storm stains the sky and stirs the ants - I take a deep breath as the first swollen drops land. I shape the forms, draw out the lines and paint the colours that trace these rhythms on each white surface; patterns of this place and time.
The abstract painter Gillian Ayres is still vigorously prolific at the age of FT arts editor Jan Dalley travels to Cornwall to meet her ahead of her exhibition at Alan Cristea Gallery in London, which opens in April.