So, having got back to Dorset after my Lakes/Scotland trip, I was desperate to have a space to start work immediately. Dorchester came up with no results for artist studios, but when I searched for 'workshop spaces' I found a storage company that offered these little spaces.
I quickly phoned the up the company (The Self Storage Company) and it turned out that one of the tenants had just moved out and there was now one space available. I snapped it up and moved in the next day!
I will be working hard over the next six months continuing to develop and refine my style and working towards the inevitable large, solo exhibition of my work. The 'look' of my paintings is definitely maturing and each new batch of paintings reflect more confidence and understanding about my materials, subjects and direction.