Painting inspires me, from the moment an idea is born through the process of development, until the moment I sense the journey has come to an end. I enjoy the feel of the paint, even the spring of a hog’s hair brush as it spreads its load on canvas, is a wonderful feeling.
Inspiration can come from the colour of an object – I do love colour – a situation, a turn of a head, the interaction between two people or the wonderful landscape here in Herefordshire. Drawing is an integral part of what I do, I love the boldness of graphite contrasted with the subtlety of watercolour pencils. I love experimenting.
I am not an artist who has found a niche and then continues to plough that furrow. Rather, I work with a series of ideas, mediums or methods until I have exhausted them, then I move on. There is so much to explore in this world of ours.
Currently, I am working on a series of ‘Conversations’, exploring the interaction between people, their thoughts, ideas and expressions. I love portrait painting.
My Background I was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire sometime last century. In my early years, I became the proud owner of a Blue Peter badge, won for a poster I designed of Bradford’s City Hall. Spurred on by this monumental achievement, I went off to Stockwell College and emerged some years later as an art teacher.
I ran a very successful Art Department in Southend for over ten years, before taking the momentous decision to leave teaching and move to Herefordshire. Shortly after arriving I set up my own art business: For the past eight years I have flourished, running my own painting and drawing courses at venues in Herefordshire, Shropshire, and Worcestershire and for institutions including HSBC, Land Rover, Thames Water, Appletizer and the Farncombe Estate.
2009 Herefordshire Art Open Studio
2009 Forge Gallery, Eardisley
2008 Herefordshire Art Open Studio
2007 “Inspired by the Shires” Whittingham Hall, Worcester
2007 Herefordshire Art Open Studio
2007 ‘Art in a Box’, Courtyard, Hereford
2007 The Library, Leominster
2006 Lion Gallery, Leominster
2006 School House Gallery, Leintwardine
2006 Herefordshire Art Open Studio
2005 Herefordshire Art Open Studio
1997 Southend Open Exhibition
1996 Southend Open Exhibition
1994 Southend Open Exhibition
1992 Southend Open Exhibition
1991 Southend Open Exhibition
1990 Southend Open Exhibition
1989 Southend Open Exhibition
1988 Southend Open Exhibition
1987 Southend Open Exhibition
1985 Piece Hall, Halifax